Last update: 21 May 2014
Most aviation research of interest to the Department is carried out by other organisations, often in international fora. There are few substantial aviation research projects commissioned exclusively by DfT. The Department has, however, commissioned a small number of research projects addressing issues of aircraft noise, health and emissions.
This sub-programme is identifying, characterising and assessing the impact of aircraft emissions on global climate change and on local air quality. Pollutants from aircraft include CO2, NOx, particulates and water vapour in the form of contrails. It is concerned with related issues such as how the emissions are formed and how to measure them. And with the development and assessment of proposed measures to counter their adverse environmental impact.
This sub-programme is concerned with undertaking and improving understanding of the perception of aircraft noise and with its impact on peoples lives eg sleep disturbance. It is also concerned with the methodology and measurement issues for assessing aircraft noise. And with assessing the effectiveness of existing or proposed measures to counter the impact of aircraft noise.
This subprogramme is concerned with identifying, characterising and assessing the carbon and climate change impacts from aviation. For example, specific work on fuel efficiency, emissions trading, global emissions of CO2 and NOx, uncertainties associated with contrail and cirrus clouds from aviation and technical advice to support DfT and technical expertise to support working groups.
Research on issues affecting passenger health during flight, including DVT
Social Research such as surveys on passenger expereience etc. Economic reaserch including drivers & impacts
Assessing The Future of Air Transport White Paper as a strategic framework for sustainable airport development
Project reference: AV040631