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  • 26-27 Nov. 2015: French Chantier Arctique initiative “Pollution in the ARCtic System” (PARCS) project launched, kick off meeting in Paris. Link
  • May 2014: Synthesis paper for the International Polar Year POLARCAT project by Kathy Law et al. in press available
  • April 2014: YAK-AEROSIB at EGU 2014: Listing of presentations and posters here
  • November 2013: Abstract Submission now open for EGU 2014. You are welcome to submit abstracts to the session “AS4.5/GI2.2 Aircraft-based observation of the atmosphere and atmosphere-surface exchange processes” - Link
  • 29-31 October 2013 kick-off meeting of the project MOCA (Methane Emissions from the Arctic OCean to the Atmosphere: Present and Future Climate Effects) in Oslo
  • July 2013 - New YAK-AEROSIB campaign took place in July 2013. This campaign was part of the ANR CLIMSLIP project.
  • 4 June 2013 - Colloque Chantier Arctique - See the Colloque information here. See the YAK-AEROSIB prospective presentation here.
  • 4 June 2013 - New paper by Berchet et al. available in Tellus B on the O3 budget terms over Siberia observed during the 2010 campaign.
  • PhD student position open - air masses ageing over Siberia and regional sources (more)
  • 7 April 2013 - Several YAK-AEROSIB presentations given at EGU this. See notably Arshninov et al. on the last campaign interpretation here, Antokhin et al. on the new aircraft platform here, and Berchet et al. on mesoscale inverse modelling of CH4 emissions over Western Siberian wetlands here.
  • Job offer - Post doctoral position (12 months) at LSCE on trace gas and aerosol transport and emissions in the Siberian atmosphere from YAK-AEROSIB aircraft campaigns (more)
  • 12 October 2012 - The project and scientific meetings have gathered about 40 participants.
  • 28 August 2012 - The next YAK-AEROSIB meeting will take place on 11-12 October 2012 in Paris. [ link ]
  • 2 August 2012 - The campaign has captured dense forest fire plumes over most of Siberia, from the boundary layer to the upper troposphere. According to news agency RIA Novostia, the burning area over Siberia was 23,300 ha as of yesterday, Aug. 1st. Most of these fires are in the Tomsk and Krasnoiarsk areas.
  • 26 July 2012 - The new YAK-AEROSIB campaign is due to start next week, leaving Novossibirsk on July 31st for a 4-day intensive campaign in the Tu-134.
  • 9 February 2012 - The next aircraft campaign is being planned for end of April this year. A new Picarro instrument for CO2 and CH4 will be embarked.
  • 30 January 2012 - A recent paper by Engvall Stjernberg et al. published in Tellus B shows the importance of the Siberian forests as a sink for tropospheric ozone. The study uses strong correlations between low ozone concentrations measured during YAK-AEROSIB and other programmes (TROICA, ZOTTO) and the spatially integrated footprints from the FLEXPART LPDM.
  • 15 October 2011 - The CLIMSLIP (Climate impacts of short-lived pollutants in the polar regions) project has been accepted for funding by the French agency ANR. The project is coordinated by LATMOS and LSCE is a partner. Within CLIMSLIP a YAK aircraft campaign is planned for the summer 2013. Methane measurements are to be used in a modelling exercise including regional flux estimation from inverse modelling.
  • 7 June 2011 - The agreement establishing the YAK AEROSIB collaboration as a “Joint International Laboratory” (LIA, Laboratoire International Associé) for the next 4 years has been signed in Moscow by the YAK AEROSIB partners including CNRS and the Russian Academy of Sciences ( see more at CNRS website ). The previous term of the collaboration has been carried out under the “GDRE” scheme.
  • May 2011 - A new aircraft (Tupolev 134, Tu-134) has been selected by the Institute of Atmospheric Optics for the following YAK-AEROSIB campaigns. The Tu-134 has a cruise speed of 750 km/h, max altitude 11900 m, and an autonomy of 1900 km. It will fly up to 7000 m for the next campaign, in order to ensure the adaptation of the specially designed inlets to the new aircraft.















  • February 2011 - Generali France decided to sponsor the next YAK-AEROSIB campaign. We would like to thank them warmly for this strong support.
  • 15 December 2010 - Results from the 6th YAK-AEROSIB campaign presented at AGU [slides]
  • September 2010 - “Année France-Russie” French-Russian cooperation meeting at CNRS, with summary of the 2003-2010 period for YAK and future perspectives [ pdf ] [ slides ]
  • June 2010 - YAK Arctic data shown at Oslo IPY International Science Conference
  • April 2010 - YAK-6 campaign completed mid April. New CH4 measurements.
  • 30 November - 1 December - Polarcat-France meeting (Paris)
  • 2-6 June 2009 - Polarcat workshop in U New Hampshire, Durham
  • 22 April 2009 - Poster on 2008 summer campaign results (forest fire plumes) at EGU on wednesday at XY204
  • 4 March 2009 - POLARCAT workshop in DLR/Oberpfaffenhofen (JD Paris), with the first results from the YAK/POLARCAT summer campaigns.
  • 4 December 2008 - Participation to the “french” POLARCAT meeting in Jussieu (B Belan, M Arshinov, JD Paris)
  • 2 December 2008 - PhD Defence by JD Paris, in Jussieu, on the YAK-AEROSIB data interpretation and analysis. get slides here: [ pdf ] (16Mb), thesis here [ pdf ] (18Mb).
  • 29 July 2008 - End of the July '08 campaigns!
  • 6 June 2008 - July '08 campaigns (YAK/POLARCAT) quick fact sheet (instruments, trajectory, …): download fact sheet [ pdf ].
  • 14 May 2008 - Third science meeting to take place in Kislovodsk, Russia on September 25, 2008.
  • 4 Sept 2007 - YAK-3 campaign completed succesfully. The campaign took place on 17-18-20 August 2007, using the usual flight plan.
  • 26 June 2007 - YAK 2nd Science Meeting. Download report: [ pdf ].

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