Today is the International Mother Earth Day. Mother Earth is clearly urging a call to action. Nature is suffering. Oceans filling with plastic and turning more acidic. Extreme heat, wildfires and floods, as well as a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, have affected millions of people. Now we face COVID-19, a worldwide health pandemic link to the health of our ecosystem.
We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption.UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Aviation safety can be jeopardized by hazards arising from natural phenomena, such as. severe weather, and, though not directly affecting the safety of aviation but the planet, the climatic impact of aviation.
It is well known that flying through thunderstorms might lead to strong turbulence, wind shear, downbursts, icing, lightning and hail. With climate change on the rise, the weather is expected to have a larger impact on aviation. In the last years alone, the frequency of storms, winds and rainfall has not only increased, but they have also become more intense wreaking havoc on the ATM network.
ALARM projects goal is to develop a prototype global multi-hazard monitoring and Early Warning System for all hazards arising from natural phenomena, e.g., severe weather, Aerosols/gases from natural hazard, space weather. Therefore, ALARM aims to contribute, amongst others, to face the effects of climate change.