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NASA is conducting climate change research from Keflavík Airport

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  • Heading towards Iceland NASA's DC-8 aircraft takes off from its base operations in Palmdale, California on a mission aimed at studying polar winds in the Arctic region. NASA Photo/Carla Thomas

A NASA aircraft carrying 42 research operators and a flight crew of 8 has begun a series of science flights based out of Keflavik International Airport on Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland

The mission started on May 11th and is aimed at studying Arctic polar winds. According to NASA’s news release the goals are to provide measurements that will allow scientists to build complex models of Earth’s weather and climate patterns.

“Research from this mission will ultimately contribute to improved modeling and study of climate change,” said Dr. Dave Emmitt of Simpson Weather Associates, Charlottesville, Virginia and lead scientist for the mission.  

The airborne mission is primarily focused on gathering wind data in the Arctic polar regions near Iceland and Greenland. This area is of particular interest to both NASA and European Space Agency’s (ESA) due to the continued rise in arctic temperatures and decrease in polar ice formation.

NASA’s DC-8 aircraft is based at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center facility in Palmdale, California and supports NASA’s Airborne Science Program under the Science Mission Directorate.

NASA researchers collect and study data from space, air, land and sea to tackle challenges facing the world today, including improved environmental prediction and natural hazard and climate change preparedness. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth's interconnected natural systems with long-term data records. The agency freely shares this unique knowledge and works with institutions around the world to gain new insights into how our planet is changing.

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