National Facility for Airborne Research


  • Procurement of an Instrumented Aircraft System (IAS) as a national facility for airborne atmospheric research.
  • To make simultaneous measurements of aerosols, trace gases, cloud microphysics and large scale meteorological parameters at high temporal resolution and at different altitudes in different seasons over the Indian sub-continent.
  • To study cloud-aerosol interactions and the changes in precipitation processes over different parts of the Indian monsoon region.
  • To understand the interactions between clouds and large-scale environment using simultaneous measurements of clouds and large-scale meteorological parameters at high temporal resolution and using them in cloud resolving models.
  • Aerosol and radiative effects and aerosol-radiation closure studies. Parameterization schemes for monsoon clouds using aerosol, cloud microphysical and dynamical data generated.