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Contrails and Contrail Cirrus

Environmental Impact, Manufacturing and Operations

Emissions and Atmospheric Impact

  1. Klaus M. Gierens

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470686652.eae352

Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering

Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering

How to Cite

Gierens, K. M. 2010. Contrails and Contrail Cirrus. Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. .

Author Information

  1. Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010


This chapter describes condensation trails and how they and other particulate aircraft emissions impact on climate. Finally, various mitigation options are discussed.


  • aircraft-induced condensation;
  • cirrus clouds;
  • climate;
  • mitigation