About enviscope

The company enviscope GmbH was formed in 1992 as a result of our scientific research on the topic "Distribution of Trace compounds in the Atmosphere". The research was carried out as part of environmental research programmes at the Universities of Mainz and Frankfurt. During our studies and subsequent research we were able to gain extensive experience in the preparation, practice and evaluation of measurement campaigns at both the national and international level. These involved specially equipped research aircraft and vehicles as well as the research ships Polarstern and Meteor.

Our enthusiasm for such measurement activities, together with the conviction that, even in the field of scientific research, service functions will increasingly be delegated to outside companies, led us to establish enviscope GmbH with the aim of providing

" Service to the Natural Sciences "

Company Goals

enviscope has set itself the goal of adapting developments in the field of environmental research to the measurement and evaluation of measurement data according to the individual needs and requirements of our clients. Our team of scientists and technicians, together with a stable pool of consultants and extensive contacts to a wide range of research establishments provide an optimal basis for meeting the ever increasing technical requirements with specialist knowledge and experience.

Our primary goal was and still is to build up and serve a satisfied clientele through high quality, reliable performance. Only service carried out punctually and to the client's satisfaction can create a solid basis for development in today's business world. Since the establishment of enviscope in 1992 we have been able to successfully realize these basic principles in the areas of

  • airborne measurements of environmentally relevant trace compounds;
  • ground based meteorological experiments;
  • development of measurement and analysis techniques.

Since the establishment of enviscope we carried out quite a number of airborne research projects to the fullest satisfaction of the groups involved. Within approximately 5 – 6 measurement campaigns per year we operated a variety of high sophisticated instrumentation both in platforms modified and operated by enviscope itself and in aircraft operated by other flight facilities. With the "enviscope-platforms" we are able to cover the full range of scientific interest between atmospheric boundary layer (Bell 206L), lower troposphere (Partenavia P68), and upper troposphere/lower stratosphere (Learjet 35A) by ourselves.

Even though enviscope turned out to serve as a "Link between Science and Avionics" we also want to keep our feet firmly on the ground. For this reason we are also involved in the conception of analysis and sampling equipment, the establishment and equipping of measurement stations and also the practical realization of ground based measurements. To an increasing degree the demand on engineering work rises; engineering with respect to instrumentation as well as engineering with respect to aircraft modification. enviscope meets these demands with new CAD tools and accordingly new qualified personnel. The more specialized the client's wish, the more interesting the problem is.

Qualifications and References

Our palette of services is the result of extensive experience gained during participation in numerous measurement programmes under the auspices of several international research projects. Alongside numerous national and international ground based measurement campaigns, enviscope has been involved in the following airborne measurement experiments:

  • Helicopter-borne measurements with ACTOS and SMART-HELIOS during two cloud research campaigns in Barbados (2010 and 2011) on behalf of IfT Leipzig;
  • Logistics support during RECONCILE (M55-GEOPHYSICA) in Arena Arctica, Kiruna (Sweden) in 2010;
  • Airborne studies in 2006, CIRRUS clouds and their environment, a joint Learjet experiment supported by MPI-Ch Mainz, FZ Jülich, ETH Zürich, DLR, DFG (SFB 641 "Tropospheric Ice Phase");
  • HOOVER, cross sectional flights in Europe to investigate oxidation mechanism in the upper troposphere;
  • Research flights in desert regions of Morocco within the DFG funded experiment SAMUM 2006 with Partenavia P68B;
  • Research flights over the Amazonian rainforest within the MPI-C funded GABRIEL project to study atmosphere-biosphere exchange and role of convective transport mechanism;
  • Helicopter-borne cloud studies towing the Airborne Cloud Turbulence Observation System during WIN_HEX 2005 and 2006 financed by IfT Leipzig;
  • Diurnal surveillance of radioactivity in the atmosphere as part of the IMIS (Integrated Measurement and Information System), on behalf of DWD since 2002;
  • Research flights in the Black Forest Region and the Alpes within VERTIKATOR project to study vertical transport processes, financed by KIT-IMK and the German Weather Service (DWD);
  • UTOPIHAN-ACT campaigns 2002-2004, on behalf of Max Plack Institute for Chemistry Mainz (MPI-C) and financed within the 5th Framework programme of EC;
  • Research flights between the Arctic and the Subtropics within 8 SPURT campaigns between 2001 and 2003, financed within the German Atmospheric Research Program AFO 2000;
  • Realization and operation of halogen oxide instrumentation aboard M55 Geophysica during EuPLEx 2003 campaign, on behalf of ICG1, FZJ;
  • Validation campaign with Geophysika for the launched ESA Satellite ENVISAT in 2002 in Forli, Italy;
  • Airborne studies on biological aerosol during MOCIS 2001 on behalf of Institute for Atmospheric Physics (IPA) of Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany;
  • Measurement flights for cloud and radiation studies during BBC (Baltex Bridge Campaigns) in the Netherlands and Great Britain, on behalf of IfT Leipzig;
  • Integration and operation of water vapor instrumentation aboard the Russian research aircraft M55 Geophysica during INDOEX (Seychelles) and APE-THESEO (Ushaia, Argentina) campaigns on behalf of Institute of Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, Stratosphere (ICG 1), Research Centre Jülich (FZJ), Germany;
  • Research flights within LACE (Lindenberg – Aerosol – Characterization – Experiment 1998) on behalf of the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research in Leipzig, Germany;
  • Realization and operation of an Air Chemistry Module for the airborne and ground-based measurement of atmospheric trace gases on behalf of the Institute for Meteorology und Climatology (IMK) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany;
  • Airborne campaign POLSTAR 98 as part of the ozone research programme of the bmbf;
  • Measurement flights on behalf of the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research Leipzig (IfT) for cloud and radiation studies, running since 1993 on nearly yearly basis;
  • Airborne measurement campaigns FELDEX and NORDEX of the Special Research Programme No. 233, "Chemistry and Physics of Hydrometeors";
  • Arctic flights during the research programme ARCTIC HAZE, a German-Russian project to investigate tropospheric trace compounds in the Arctic and running over several years;
  • Measurement flights as part of the EUROTRAC project TRACT (Transport of Pollutants over Complex Terrain), financed by the European Community;
  • Cloud measurement flights sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in co-operation with DLR as part of the field experiment CLEOPATRA (Cloud Experiment Oberpfaffenhofen and Transports);
  • Intercomparisons of measurement instruments on flights with NASA in USA and Brazil;
  • Measurements on behalf of the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) in the smoke plume from the burning oil fields in Kuwait;
  • Research flights undertaken as part of the EUROTRAC project ACE (Acidity in Cloud Experiments), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (bmbf).

To perform these airborne experiments enviscope developed a comprehensive set of instrumentation in co-operation with the research institutes, adapted the instrumentation to a number of different platforms, and certified the designs for airborne operation according to the aeronautical regulations. In a total of more than 1600 flight hours scientific instrumentation especially designed for airborne use like

  • SMART-HELIOS, HELIcopter-borne Observations of Spectral Radiation, IfT Leipzig and University of Leipzig, operated in combination with …
  • ACTOS, Airborne Cloud Turbulence Observation System, IfT Leipzig;
  • MOZNOy, NOy instrument for MOZAIC program, ICG-2 FZ Juelich;
  • MOCIS, MObile Cascade Impaction System, IPA Mainz;
  • SPARM, Stabilized Platform for Airborne Radiation Measurements, IfT Leipzig, NCAR-RAF Boulder, CO;
  • HALOX, HALogen OXide monitor, ICG-1 FZ Juelich;
  • Air Chemistry Module, a modular system to measure chemical parameters, KIT-IMK Karlsruhe;
  • CARIBIC, Container and infrastructure for in-service flights of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, MPI-C Mainz;
  • CVI-Inlet, Aerosol-Inlet, Multi-Inlet, Uni-Inlet, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)-Université Blaise Pascal-Laboratoire de Météorologie Physique, IPA Mainz;
  • KNUFFI, external payload pod for EUFAR (European Fleet for Airborne Research), MeteoFrance;

proved well aboard airborne platforms like


Iljushin Il-18 Cessna, types 207 and 208 Piper Chieftain
Dornier, types 128 and 228 Airship Tethered balloon
M55 Geophysica Learjet, types 35A and 36A Partenavia, types P68B, P68C, and P68 Observer
ATR 42 Airbus A340, 400 and 600 Bell 206L III
Gulfstream G550 and GV Dassault Falcon 20