ExelisÂ (NYSE: XLS) will support NASA research on climate change by providing a modified Multi-Functional Fiber Laser LIDAR under a $3.5 million contract as part of the Atmospheric Carbon and Transport-America project.
The company said Monday that the research is centered on monitoring how weather systems move gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere and on determining the sources and sinks of those gases.
“This is key because we really don’t know enough about the carbon cycle to take steps to predict and manage its environmental effects, ” said Jeremy Dobler, a senior scientist and program manager at Exelis.
The project includes theÂ integration of the MFLL instrument into a NASA aircraft to perform five flight campaigns toÂ measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by region.
Exelis hasÂ partnered withÂ Pennsylvania State University and Langley Research Center on the project as the company aimsÂ to bolster its environmental intelligenceÂ business.
MFLL works as a remote sensing and active LIDAR tool to measure concentrations of carbon dioxide through conditions such as nighttime and high latitudes, Exelis said.