Atmospheric and Earth System Research with the Research Aircraft HALO                                                                                

           High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft (HALO)

Meetings, Workshops

Annual HALO-SPP Status Seminar:   14 - 16 February 2018, Universität Leipzig

The coordinators of the SPP 1294, invite you to participate in the HALO-SPP Status  Seminar taking place in Leipzig, 14 – 16 February 2018. The meeting will begin on 14 February 2018 at 1 pm and end at 16 February 2018 around noon. It will take place at the Paulinum and the Seminar Building of the University of Leipzig, Augustusplatz 10 (Campus am Augustusplatz), downtown Leipzig. The detailed agenda is in preparation and will be published at the beginning of January 2018.

Please contact Gunda Nitzsche for information about accommodation and please confirm your participation in the HALO-SPP status seminar by e-mail until January, 3 2018.

Call for Proposals: Young Researcher Best HALO-Paper Award

European Geosciences Union (EGU)

General Assembly 2018, 8 - 13 April 2018, Vienna, Austria

Topical Workshop on the Processes and Composition of the UTLS    

The goal of the topical workshop is to give a summary of the current research on the processes affecting the composition of the UTLS on the basis of the recent HALO missions. Key factors identified so far are the role of the Asian monsoon system, the role of the decaying vortex and processes at the extratropical tropopause as well as isentropic mixing at the jets. The meeting will identify gaps of current understanding to organize the next research steps. The results will particularly be used to sharpen the focus of upcoming UTLS HALO missions (SOUTHTRAC).

Specifically it is planned to give an overview of the scientific results from the HALO missions focusing on UTLS specific topics, which cover specifically aspects between the chemical composition and dynamics in the UTLS (TACTS/ESMVal, POLSTRACC/SALSA/GW Lifecycle, WISE, ...).

It is further planned to develop research strategies and concepts for future HALO missions. This may include joint or coordinated missions with other airborne platforms or satellite and model activities.

The workshop will be held from 7.-8. March 2018 at the JUFA Hotel in Jülich.

Invited speaker is Eric Jensen from NASA, Ames Research Center, USA.

Topcial Workshop NAWDEX, LMU München, 28 Feburary - 2 March 2018

Topical Workshop: Universität Bremen, 14 - 16 November 2017

A second topical workshop “Transport and transformation of pollutants from European and Asian Major population centres: TEAM-2will be organised within the DFG HALO-SPP 1294 and hosted by the Institute of Environmental Physics at the University of Bremen on the 14 th-16 th November  2017.

As in the first topical workshop within EMeRGe, TEAM-2 intends to put together the European and Asian EMeRGe community to prepare the next experimental phase in Asia and to coordinate different planned complementary activities within EMeRGe international. The first day sessions will be dedicated to provide an overview of the data obtained and the lessons learnt from the campaign in Europe July 2017.

The participation of more than 40 scientists from the EMeRGe community in Germany, Great Britain, China, Japan and Taiwan are expected. The final agenda will be soon distributed.

Topical Workshop "Scientific exploitation of the combined HALO/FAAM/Falcon flight during the NAWDEX campaign 2016"

16 - 17 November 2017                                     Universität Hamburg

details.pdf (1.25MB)
details.pdf (1.25MB)

International Workshop "Airborne Geodesy and Geophysics with Focus on Polar Application" (Report)

First HALO Symposium   

Airborne Research with HALO: Achievements and Prospects

14 - 16 March 2017  | DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen

The symposium began with a press event on the morning of 14 March. The event was inaugurated by DLR chairperson Prof. Ehrenfreund. Dr. Helbig (BMBF, head of division “Global Change”) gave a keynote address about climate research. Further addresses were given by Prof. Henke (board member DLR), Prof. Ertmer (vice-president DFG), Prof. Stratmann (president MPG) and Prof. Marquardt (chairperson FZ Jülich). Afterwards the HALO aircraft was presented and scientists introduced HALO-based research by means of a poster tour.

Afterwards, a scientific conference was held with almost 100 attendees. About 70 presentations were given (4 keynote talks, 41 oral presenatations, 24 poster presentations). The contributions were arranged in four sessions, based on the research areas of HALO and can be downloaded here:


Session A: Aerosols, Clouds and Precipitation

Session B: Transport and Dynamics in the Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere, Atmospheric Coupling Processes

Session C: Transport and Transformation of Chemical Composition: Multiphase and Photochemical Processing

Session D: Geodesy and Geophysics


The contributions covered scientific findings from HALO missions, instrument developments, modelling studies as well as campaign overviews about completed and upcoming HALO missions.

NAWDEX and W2W Topical Workshop

8 - 10 March 2017, LMU Munich

Topical workshop "Transport and transformation of pollutants from European and Asian Major population centres (TEAM)"

14 - 16 February 2017, Bremen

 CoMet Topical Workshop

30 Nov. - 2 Dec. 2016

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen                                                                                                      

CoMet is a mission to collect (active and passive) remote sensing and in-situ data from aircraft in order to gain new knowledge on the distribution and temporal variation of the two most important anthropogenic greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane. These findings will help to better understand the global carbon cycle and its influence on climate. This airborne campaign using the German research aircraft HALO and small Cessna aircraft will take place in spring of 2017 in Europe.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together the mission participants and national and international experts from various fields related to the global carbon cycle both with a theoretical and experimental background for the benefit of the scientific data to be collected.

The workshop is expected to strengthen the link between the CoMet mission and the international greenhouse gas research communities.

HALO Colloquium

19 - 20 September 2016

Presentation of new HALO missions for the time period 2019-2022.

AGENDA HALO Colloquium
HALO Kolloquium Leipzig.pdf (369.13KB)
AGENDA HALO Colloquium
HALO Kolloquium Leipzig.pdf (369.13KB)