On July 22 the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will start the unique research mission OMO from Paphos, the German embassy announced on Monday.
With the aim of getting better forecasts for air quality and climate change in the future, the research mission OMO is designed to analyse the changes of self-purification in the atmosphere with regard to the influence of Asian monsoons.
Professor Dr Jos Lelieveld, scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute who has, since 2008 been at the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia, and his 65-strong team of atmospheric researchers are carrying out the research mission. In total they plan a trip of 100,000 kilometres and 120 flying hours.
The special research aircraft HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft) will start from Cyprus to carry out analysis above the Arab peninsula and the Arab sea.
The measurements which are mainly taken in the troposphere and the lower stratosphere, allow the team to analyse the ozone chemistry and the exchange of air pollutants.
Following the mission, the plane, its crew and the team will head to Male on the Maldives to analyse the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean and the Bay of the Bengal but will stop in Cyprus again on their return journey in August.