The IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System) project, in which the Lufthansa Group is involved, uses commercial aircraft to obtain atmospheric data at cruising altitudes. Up to now, such data could only be obtained on a piecemeal basis and at great expense by using special research aircraft. According to the scientific panel appointed by the BMBF to oversee the project, IAGOS will close an important knowledge gap, resulting in more accurate climate forecasts. The BMBF attaches top priority to major research projects as part of its overall research policy.
Lufthansa has been involved in IAGOS since 7 July 2011. On that date, in cooperation with the Jülich Research Centre, it became the first airline worldwide to launch this innovative project for the long-term observation of the earth’s atmosphere during scheduled flight operations. Since then, specially developed measuring instruments installed on the Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 "Viersen" have routinely captured atmospheric trace substances. This provides a broad set of data gathered from all over the world. After each landing, the data is read, processed and analysed.
The Lufthansa Group has cooperated continuously with scientific and research institutions since 1993. The Group provides data to improve and validate climate models and has proved to be an invaluable partner in the field of climate research.