Forward and Upward Facing Cameras. Air Sample inlets. Satcom Antenna. Instrument Air Exhausts. Turbulence Probe. Cloud Physics Probes. CVI. Temperature and Ice/Water probes. OH/HO 2 inlet. Microwave Radiometer. Dropsonde Ejector. Broad-band Radiometers. Broad-band Radiometers.
Air Sample inlets
Cloud Physics Probes
Temperature and Ice/Water probes
Rearward and Downward Facing Cameras
Total and Liquid Water Content Probes
Interferometer and Radiometer Blister
Cloud Physics Probes
Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements
FAAM is the product of a partnership between the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Met Office. As one of the NERC Centres for Atmospheric Science, FAAM supports the UK Airborne Research Aircraft (UK ARA) for use by UK and international atmospheric research communities.
FAAM’s modified BAe 146 aircraft is leased from BAE SYSTEMS and operated, by Directflight, from it’s home base (Cranfield) and research projects throughout the world.
Air and surface temperature
Pitch, roll, and heading
Static and pitot pressure
Latitude & longitude
Radar, pressure and GPS altitude measurement
Wind speed (3 components)
Dew point and humidity
Sea surface temperature
Forward, rearward, down/upward cameras
UHF/VHF/HF and satellite communications
Radiation and Remote Sensing
LIDAR (ozone, water vapour and aerosol profiling)
Cloud Microphysics & Aerosol
Total water content
Cloud liquid water content
Cloud liquid and total water condensate
Cloud particle size spectra (1–6,400 m diameter)
Aerosol size spectra and composition
Cloud condensation nuclei
Aerosol light scattering
Aerosol absorption of black carbon particles
Aerosol capture & Filter sampling
Ice particle concentration and asphericity
Cloud particle images and analysis
Water Vapour, Ozone, CO
NO, NOx, NO2, NOy, NOy-HNO3, CO2, CH4,
HOx & ROx
Peroxy acetyl nitrate (PAN)
Hydrogen peroxide and organic peroxides
Hydrocarbons, halocarbons and OVOC
J(O1D) and J(NO2) photolysis rates
Whole air sampling
The aircraft will be deployed for several projects during 2006 in the AMMA region
DABEX (Dust and Biomass Experiment) - will investigate the radiative effect of dust and biomass aerosols emitted from the Sahara/Sahelian regions. The interaction of dust and biomass over this region has not yet been well-established, although the few aircraft measurements that do exist suggest that dust and biomass become mixed in March-April-May.
DODO (Dust Outflow and Deposition to Ocean) – is a UK NERC SOLAS experiment which aims to deliver case study based predictions of dust deposition to the northern hemisphere Atlantic Ocean constrained by in situ aircraft measurements. It will describe how chemical and physical changes in the dust affect its long range transport, and how transport is affected by the properties of the dust. DODO will fingerprint dust sources using single particle characterisation and assess their main composition, including iron content. By assessing the climatological representativeness of the case studies it is hoped that we can gain deeper insight and understanding into the radiative impact of the dust over the Atlantic Ocean and its effect on sea surface temperatures in nutrient rich waters.
AMMA UK/EU - planned as the main UK effort in the AMMA multinational collaboration based in subSaharan West Africa during the summer of 2006. The science areas are hugely multidisciplinary, including land surface and boundary layer studies, convective storm dynamics and microphysics, hydrological studies, aerosol transport and radiative interactions (including mineral dust and products of biomass burning), atmospheric chemistry and chemical transport, and synoptic dynamics.
European AQUA Thermodynamic Experiment (EAQUATE)
Objectives: To study the atmosphere, ocean and land surfaces with high resolution spectrometers on the FAAM 146, NASA Proteus aircraft and AQUA satellite platform in order to validate satellite measurements and enhance forecasts.
Rain In Cumulus over Oceans (RICO)
Objectives: To improve the understanding of trade-wind cumulus clouds & determine the dominant processes responsible for rapid onset of precipitation. Flown with NCAR C130 and University of Wyoming King Air.
Intercontinental Transport of Ozone and Precursors (ITOP)
Objectives: To study intercontinental transport and chemical transformation of pollutants in cooperation with NASA DC8, NOAA P3 and DLR Falcon aircraft as part of an international study of the fate of North American emissions.
Aerosol Direct Radiative Impact EXperiment (ADRIEX)
Objectives: To examine the radiative impact of industrial aerosols over the heavily polluted Northern Adriatic / Po Valley region and validate the direct radiative effect / aerosol optical depths from the GERB & SEVERI instruments onboard MSG2.
Head Of Facility: Steve Ball • FAAM • Building 125 • Cranfield University • Bedfordshire • MK43 0AL • UK • +44 (0) 1234 754411 • email@example.com