Pre and Post Deposition Processes of Black Carbon in Snow around Ny-Ålesund (BC-NyA)

This project will study black carbon aerosols in snow around Ny-Alesund. The aim is to understand BC mobility in melting snow, as well as to compare two analytical methods. This project will be in conjunction with the Norwegian Polar Institute, as well as UNIS course AT-331.

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  • atmosphere
  • cryosphere

Project Keywords

  • cryosphere / snow/ice / snow melt
  • atmosphere / aerosols / carbonaceous aerosols

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The funding from the AFG will be to support 3 weeks fieldwork in Ny-Ålesund. In order to determine a transfer function of atmospheric BC to BC-in-snow, an emphasis will be placed on linking BC-in-snow measurements with atmospheric measurements at the Sverdrup and Zepplin stations. Snow pits will be dug as close to the atmospheric monitoring stations as possible. Discussions will be made with station managers in order to not interfere with on-going measurements. Additional snow pits will be dug at the monitoring site of Brøggerbreen. Snow layers and physical characteristics will be identified. At all sites, side-by-side snow samples will be collected. The samples will then be analyzed with the standard NPI EC/OC technique and by SP2 in Boulder, CO. Comparative data analysis will then be conducted to see what the variability is between the two sample methods.

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