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About the HALO database

HALO consortium

The objectives and the scientific focus of missions are mostly determined by the HALO consortium. The following institutions are currently members of the consortium:

Funding of HALO-DB

Funding for the initial development of the HALO database by the Leibnitz Institut für Troposphärenforschung was provided by the German Research Foundation (DFG) through the HALO-SPP 1294.
Since 2013 this service to the HALO community has been maintained by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen.

Main tasks

  • Exchange platform for scientific data that are related to the HALO-community, other DLR research aircraft or in-situ measurements
  • Long-term storage of data from a variety of research fields, e.g.
    1. Atmospheric chemistry and global pollution
    2. Atmospheric dynamics and transport
    3. Cloud research
    4. Meteorological research
    5. Climate research
    6. Global carbon cycle
    7. Polar Research
    8. Earth Observation
    9. Geophysics and Geodesy
  • Providing the data consistently via web-services
  • Dissemination of data to maximize the scientific profit, productivity and synergy effects across the interested scientific communities

Access to HALO-DB

Who can upload datasets?

Upload access is available to authorised users only. You ...

  • need an account at HALO-DB.
    Please register, if you do not have an account yet.
  • must be logged in
  • must be a member of the mission(s) you want to add data to.
    Please ask a PI or Admin (see glossary) of the specific mission to add your account to the mission's workgroup.

Once registered and invited to the mission you may let the community benefit from your data by uploading your files.

Data access

The metadata (see glossary) of uploaded datasets are publicly available.

The primary data (see glossary) of uploaded datasets are available to all registered members of the particular mission. They may become publicly available after a waiting period (see glossary).

What kind of data will be archived?

HALO-DB is open to datasets with the following characteristics:

The metadata of files are evaluated by the HALO-DB during upload, allowing a characterization of the stored data. The selection of utilized metadata is taylored to aircraft in-situ measurement data.