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Item #d96mar17

"Climatic Effects of Air Traffic," R.A. Egli (Etzelstr. 15, CH-8200 Schaffhausen, Switz.), Environ. Conserv., 22(3), 196-198, Autumn 1995.

A synopsis of recent research results on two major types of impact. Air traffic contributes to ozone formation in the upper troposphere, causing global warming comparable to the CO2 emissions it generates, and also increases cirrus cloud cover. Water, NOx and SO2 emissions may contribute to stratospheric ozone depletion.

Item #d96mar18

"Atmospheric Effects of Aviation: Subsonic Aircraft," H.B. Singh (NASA-Ames, Moffett Field CA 94035), Atmos. Environ., 28(21), 3552, Dec. 1995.

Since the 1970s, the ozone depletion potential of supersonic stratospheric aircraft has been scrutinized, but relatively little attention has been devoted to the current and projected impacts of subsonic fleets. This essay explains concerns involving two interacting areas: alteration of the distribution of ozone in the upper troposphere, and perturbation of the radiation balance by various emissions. New instruments and aircraft platforms will contribute to the increased scientific attention this topic will receive in the next few years.

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