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HIPPO III Research Flight 06 :: Southern Polar Region

HIPPO III RF06 :: Forward Camera

April 5, 2010

The HIPPO study was able to reach the Antarctic Circle (66° south) during the flight to the southern polar regions, and back to Christchurch, NZ which is the farthest south that the project has been able to study the atmosphere.

The reason that the flight track image above looks like the NSF/NCAR G-V only went a short distance away from New Zealand is that the satellite coverage of Google Earth in the southern and northern polar regions is not the best. The track in the image above is the outbound (yellow) and the last hour of the inbound (red) flight linked by a short yellow vertical line.

During the inbound flight, the G-V did a fly-over at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA) Lauder Reaserch Station, to help provide them with a complete vertical profile of the atmosphere from the ground to the altitude that the G-V was flying. So while the G-V passed overhead, the ground station took measurements as well, which can collectively provide a complete vertical profile to altitudes that can not be achieved by the ground instruments.

HIPPO III RF06 :: Ice Edge I
Sea Ice Edge Near Antarctic Circle

HIPPO III RF06 :: Ice Edge 2
Sea Ice Edge Near Antarctic Circle

HIPPO III RF06 :: Uniformity
Cloud Uniformity

HIPPO III RF06 :: Three Phases
Three Phases of Water :: 
Gas, Liquid, Solid
HIPPO III RF06 :: G-V Glory
G-V Glory!

Real-time flight track from aircraft monitor
Low Pass of NIWA's Lauder Research Station

VIDEO :: RF 06 Forward Looking Camera



HIPPO is a landmark study for many reasons, not the least of which is it is the first time scientists have systematically mapped global distribution of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, covering the full troposphere in all seasons and multiple years.

  • HIPPO I :: 8 January-30 January 2009
  • HIPPO II :: 31 October-22 November 2009
  • HIPPO III :: 24 March-16 April 2010
  • HIPPO IV :: 14 June-11 July 2011
  • HIPPO V :: 9 August-9 September 2011