Title: Remote Sensing of Contrails
Project ID: OckxV18
Domain(s): Aerospace, Multidisciplinary, Systems Engineering, Data Science


Transportation contributes significantly to anthropogenically-propelled climate change, especially when considering secondary events such as the generation of contrails from airplanes. Contrails affect incoming shortwave radiation and outgoing longwave radiation, perpetuating global energy imbalance and the greenhouse effect. A potential solution is to assign altitude changes to airplanes in the en-route phase of flight, likely by 2,000-4,000 feet, thus avoiding flight in ice super saturated regions of the atmosphere. Thorough understanding of contrail formation, evolution, and dissipation is crucial to helping mitigate the detrimental effects of air travel on the environment.

Desired Skills:
Photographic and photogrammetric principles (electronic imaging and geometric characteristics of photographs), digital image processing (image enhancement and manipulation, information extraction), multispectral atmospheric remote sensing (algorithms and applications), knowledge of atmospheric dynamics and the role of air travel in environmental analysis


US Citizenship Required: No
Active Clearance or Background Investigation Required: No
Level Needed: N/A

Team Information-

Targeted Students: Graduate, Undergraduate
Team Size: 2 to 4
Details: Team size is up to the students, given the multidisciplinary nature it might be helpful to have students with diverse academic backgrounds such as atmospheric science, geospatial intelligence, computer science, aviation, aerospace engineering, and/or systems engineering

Specific Requirements-

Focus on Particular University: Yes
Details: George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering, Center for Aviation Transportation Systems Research,
also open to connecting with other universities


Focus Timeline: No
Details: N/A


Potential Funding: No
Note: Availability of funds not guaranteed

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