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QUANTIFY, Quantifying the Climate Impact of Global and European Transport Systems

Supporting organization

EU FP6 Integrated Project

Duration of the project

01. 03. 2005. - 28. 02. 2010.

Participants of the project

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.

Airbus France

Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique

Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants - UK

Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique

CICERO - Senter for klimaforskning

Météo France - Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Univerzita Karlovy v Praze (Charles University, Prague)

Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut

Det Norske Veritas AS

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Heavens-Above GmbH

National Meteorological Administration

Universität Bremen

IVL Swedish Environmental Institute Ltd

Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut

Institute for Transport Sciences

The Manchester Metropolitan University

Max-Plank-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

National Institut of Meteorology and Hydrology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Office National d'Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales

Paul Scherrer Institut

Transport & Mobility Leuven

Chancellors, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge

Regents of the University of California, Irvine

Universitetet i Oslo

Regents of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Universität Hamburg

Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford

University of Reading

Universytet Warszawski

University of York

University of Szeged, Department of Climatology and Landscape Ecology

Central Aerological Observatory

Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Ohysics of MSU

State Unitary Enterprise Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute

China Academy of Transport Sciences

Tsinghua University

Central Institute of Road Transport


Aim of the project

QUANTIFY, an Integrated Project coordinated by the DLR-Institute of Atmospheric Physics, started in March 2005 with a large kick-off event in Landshut. It dealt with the climate impact of transport and was funded until February 2010 by the European Commission within the 6th research framework programme. QUANTIFY also included the DLR Institute of Transport Research (Berlin) and the Research Flight Facility Oberpfaffenhofen. In total, 41 participants and 6 associated members from 17 European countries, the U.S.A., China and India were cooperating in QUANTIFY. The research topics were organized in 8 closely linked subprojects. They focused on quantification of the impact of air, sea and land traffic on the global climate. Accompanying measurement campaigns with research aircraft were an innovative part of QUANTIFY.

Department of Climatology and Landscape Ecology, University of Szeged took part in work packages 6 (“Radiative forcing and climate change”) and 7 (“Policy-relevant metrics”). Research leader was László Makra, who was at the same time a co-leader of work package 7.

1. The time and spatial variation of changes in temperature, precipitation, cloudiness and other climate parameters to transport-related emissions were quantified for the period 1900 to 2100.
2. Coupled atmosphere-ocean models were applied in order to study the response of the climate system to idealised changes in forcing for the purpose of calibrating simpler climate models.
3. New / revised metrics were proposed that are suited for the transport sector.
4. Policy implications of the new / revised metrics were analysed for the transport sector.
5. New / revised metrics were applied and evaluated in order to make comparisons within the transport sector and between the transport sector and other sectors.
6. Metrics were applied to compare the climate effects of different modes of transport and mitigation options.

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