Earth Institute Research Projects

Atmospheric, Snow and Firn Chemistry Studies for Interpretation of WAIS-Divide Cores

Lead PI: Dr. Drew T. Shindell

Unit Affiliation: Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR)

September 2011 - August 2012
North America ; California
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: This project aims to understand how recent changes in atmospheric chemistry and historical changes as recorded in snow, firn and ice, have affected atmospheric photochemistry over Antarctica. Atmospheric, snow and firn core measurements of selected gas, meteorological and snow physical properties will be made and modeling of snow-atmosphere exchange will be carried out.

OUTCOMES: Better understanding of the atmospheric chemistry in West Antarctica, the bi-directional linkages with the snowpack, and how it responds to regional influences.