Aviation and global atmosphere

Aviation and global atmosphere

How is aviation effecting the global atmosphere?

This Special Report was prepared following a request from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The state of understanding of the relevant science of the atmosphere, aviation technology, and socio-economic issues associated with mitigation options is assessed and reported for both subsonic and supersonic fleets. The potential effects that aviation has had in the past and may have in the future on both stratospheric ozone depletion and global climate change are covered; environmental impacts of aviation at the local scale, however, are not addressed. The report synthesizes the findings to identify and characterize options for mitigating future impacts.

The report is structured as follows:

  • How do aircraft effect climate and Ozone?
  • How are aviation emissions projected to grow in the future?
  • What are the current and future impacts of subsonic aviation on radiative forcing and UV radiation?
  • What are the current and future impacts of supersonic aviation on radiative forcing and UV radiation?
  • What are the options to reduce emissions and impacts

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