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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch is the gateway to Antarctica, as well as a one of the largest cities on the HIPPO route. The stop in Christchurch allows for any needed maintenance that perhaps could not be performed at smaller locations, and positions the NSF/NCAR GV very nicely to fly as far south as possible and return safely on one load of fuel.

We are working closely with NIWA to organize an Education and Outreach Event while the NASF/NCAR GV is in New Zealand. Stay tuned for more information regarding that special event!

Christchurch, New Zealand Weather


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