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Media Advisory 09-002

Media Teleconference: HIAPER Returns

Advanced research aircraft returning from historic flight after capturing global snapshot of greenhouse gases

Photo of HIAPER in flight.

HIAPER in flight.

January 27, 2009

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

HIAPER, one of the nation's most advanced research aircraft, is returning this Friday from the first leg of its historic HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations, or HIPPO, mission. The mission has spanned the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctic and provided scientists with new insight into how carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases are spreading through the multiple layers of Earth's atmosphere.

In a teleconference this Thursday, Jan. 29, reporters can discuss the flight with two lead scientists on the project, Steven Wofsy of Harvard University and Britton Stephens of NSF's National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and also with Pavel Romashkin, NCAR head of Aircraft Operations Support, and Anne-Marie Schmoltner, NSF's Lower Atmospheric Research Section.

Additional details about the mission and the teleconference are available at For broadcast quality HIAPER b-roll, contact Dena Headlee at

Who:Steven Wofsy, Harvard University scientist and principal investigator
Britton Stephens, NCAR scientist and co-principal investigator
Pavel Romashkin, NCAR project manager and head of aircraft operations support
Anne-Marie Schmoltner, NSF section head for lower atmosphere research
What:Media teleconference to discuss preliminary findings from the first leg of HIAPER's HIPPO mission.
When:1 p.m. EST, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009

To participate in the teleconference, reporters in the United States should call 1 (800) 735-5968. No passcode is necessary.  Reporters dialing in from outside the United States should call (212) 231-2911.


Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730, email:
David Hosansky, NCAR/UCAR, (303) 497-8611, email:
Rachael Drummond, NCAR/UCAR, (303) 497-8604, email:

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