chapter  3
20 Pages

Calculating Emissions and Radiative Forcing

ByPaul Peeters, Victoria Williams

Airlines, governments, NGOs, scientists, consultants and aviation organizations involved in the discussion on climate change try to provide estimates of the impact of aviation on the climate. The metrics used describe CO2 emissions or use a proxy for the net climate impact. However, there is large variability, linked to problems with defining average flight conditions and to difficulties describing how emissions and their atmospheric impacts evolve.