Aviation-Contrail Impacts on Climate and Climate Change: A Ready-to-Wear Research Mantle for Geographers

Andrew M. Carleton, David J. Travis

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Abstract

Although geographers are highly visible in research into contemporary climate changes accompanying greenhouse gas increases ("global warming"), a relatively little explored component by them is the impact of aviation. This contrasts with the atmospheric science community of cloud physicists, chemists, and numerical modelers, who use geographic tools of trade. Geographers are well positioned to investigate aviation-climate impacts, especially related to contrail clouds, given geographic traditions of environment, spatial variation, regionalization, generalization, and the integrative approach to studying physical and human systems (here, climate, transportation, and energy). We highlight the role played by geographers in contrail-climate studies and advocate for a broader involvement in aviation policy formulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-432
Number of pages12
JournalProfessional Geographer
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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