Aviation climate impact and mitigation

Speaker: Bernd Kaercher
Institution: Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)
Location: MS 7121
Date: May 30, 2024
Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm


The contribution of aviation to climate change is outlined, covering CO2 emissions and aviation-specific non-CO2 effects. Regarding the latter, aircraft-induced clouds (AIC, man-made ice clouds composed of persistent contrails and contrail cirrus) are currently thought to cause the largest radiative forcing. AIC will therefore be discussed in greater detail and the presentation will also address options to reduce aviation’s climate impact.