The School of GeoSciences has a small aircraft to examine the lower atmosphere and its interactions with the land surface. The aeroplane can make measurements of trace gas concentrations up to about 10,000 feet asl and take images of the Earth's surface.
The Airborne GeoSciences facility is a NERC Recognised Facility within the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences.
The Facility operates a Diamond HK36 TTC-ECO aircraft and a sophisticated suite of scientific instruments to help us support researchers in their studies of the lower atmosphere, its interactions with the vegetation below and the processes that shape our planet’s surface. The aircraft enables us to make atmospheric measurements up to 10,000 feet (or above) and to produce images of the Earth’s surface using sensors similar to those carried onboard satellites. We are able to directly measure the exchange of gases between the earth’s vegetation and the atmosphere while flying low above the ground, which is a vital tool in understanding the effect of natural processes on human emissions in the atmosphere (and vice versa). The ECO-Dimona platform is also very suitable for the testing and development of new sensor technologies for environmental research.
Our new aircraft is of a type described as a self-launching motorglider and was made by Diamond Aircraft in Austria. Its type is an Eco Dimona MPX and the registration number for the aircraft is G-GEOS