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Review: The Effects of Supersonic Aviation on Ozone and Climate

Matthes, Sigrun and Lee, David S and De Leon, Ruben Rodriguez and Lim, Ling and Owen, Bethan and Skowron, Agnieszka and Thor, Robin N and Terrenoire, Etienne (2022) Review: The Effects of Supersonic Aviation on Ozone and Climate. Aerospace, 9 (1). p. 41.

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Abstract

When working towards regulation of supersonic aviation, a comprehensive understanding of the global climate effect of supersonic aviation is required in order to develop future regulatory issues. Such research requires a comprehensive overview of existing scientific literature having explored the climate effect of aviation. This review article provides an overview on earlier studies assessing the climate effects of supersonic aviation, comprising non-CO2 effects. An overview on the historical evaluation of research focussing on supersonic aviation and its environmental impacts is provided, followed by an overview on concepts explored and construction of emission inventories. Quantitative estimates provided for individual effects are presented and compared. Subsequently, regulatory issues related to supersonic transport are summarised. Finally, requirements for future studies, e.g., in emission scenario construction or numerical modelling of climate effects, are summarised and main conclusions discussed.

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