Science

K085: Drivers of Global Change in the Antarctic: Atmospheric Remote-sensing

K085: Drivers of Global Change in the Antarctic: Atmospheric Remote-sensing


Dan Smale
NIWA

The Antarctic atmosphere is an important and unique part of the global climate system. It provides a unique opportunity for us to measure global trends in atmospheric trace gases at sites isolated from anthropogenic sources.

The goal of this research is to improve understanding of how the Antarctic atmospheric chemistry drives and responds to global atmospheric change. Research topics include: ozone depletion chemistry, greenhouse gas measurements, sea-ice/atmosphere trace gas interactions and the pole-ward transport of atmospheric constituents.

To this end, we measure the atmospheric composition throughout the year using ground-based remote sensing instruments and surface in-situ air samples, located at Scott Base and Arrival Heights.

 Metadata links

Measurements of the total amount of ozone in the vertical column of the atmosphere from a ground based Dobson spectrophotometer at Arrival Heights

Spectrometer measurements of ozone and nitrogen dioxide from Arrival Heights Infrared  spectrometer measurements of nitric (HNO3) and hydrochloric acid (HCl) from Arrival Heights using a Bruker 120M spectrometer

Springtime chlorine dioxide and bromine monoxide measurements from a diode array spectrometer

Spectrometer sunlight and moonlight measurements of Ozone (O3), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Chlorine Dioxide (OClO) and Bromine Oxide (BrO) from Arrival Heights

Column and vertical profiles of chlorine monoxide from a heterodyne spectrometer

Arrival Heights surface ozone concentration TEI