Atmospheric measurement from four sites in the Ross Sea Region investigating gases, aerosol properties and local weather conditions
Entry ID: K173_1987_1990_NZ_1

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Summary
Abstract: Gases, aerosol properties and local weather was studied at sites around Ross Island and in McMurdo Sound as part of a programme to describe the properties of the atmospheric aerosol (and gases), to determine how these change in space and time, and to study their effects on physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere. Reasonably long continuous surface based measurements were made at three sites near Ross Island (Ross Ice Shelf, McDonalds Beach, Bratina Island) and at Butters Point in New Harbour. Local weather conditions and the atmospheric boundary layer at the field sites was studied. Measurements made include: particle size and number concentration (0.1 to 3┬Ám), condensation nuclei concentration, surface ozone concentration, surface wind speed and direction (at the site continuously and around the local area), three hourly weather observations, vertical profiles to 1000 m (of wind speed, direction, temperature and humidity), three axis winds from the 4m mast, turbulence and stability parameters, heat flux, atmospheric stability, net radiation, turbidity, particle fluxes and rawinsonde flights to 5000 m. Filter samples were collected and analysed for ice nuclei, bulk aerosol composition and bulk optical properties and particle samples were collected on electron microscope grids. Gas samples were collected in canisters.
Geographic Coverage
 N: -77.87 S: -77.87  E: 167.72  W: 167.72
 Min Altitude: 0  Max Altitude: 5000
 N: -77.25 S: -77.25  E: 166.35  W: 166.35
 Min Altitude: 0  Max Altitude: 5000
 N: -78.01 S: -78.01  E: 165.53  W: 165.53
 Min Altitude: 0  Max Altitude: 5000
 N: -77.56 S: -77.56  E: 164.2  W: 164.2
 Min Altitude: 0  Max Altitude: 5000

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1987-12-15
Stop Date: 1988-01-22

Start Date: 1988-11-04
Stop Date: 1988-11-27

Start Date: 1988-10-31
Stop Date: 1988-12-01


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > WINDLESS BIGHT
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > MCDONALDS BEACH
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > BRATINA ISLAND
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > BUTTERS POINT
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >AEROSOL PARTICLE PROPERTIES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >CLOUD CONDENSATION NUCLEI    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >PARTICULATE MATTER    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >TROPOSPHERIC OZONE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >TEMPERATURE PROFILES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >TURBULENCE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >HEAT FLUX    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >NET RADIATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >WIND PROFILES    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE


Platform
GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS    [Information]


Instrument
FSI >Filter Sampling Instrument
RAWINSONDES    [Information]
WAS >Whole Air Sampler    [Information]


Quality
The data was collected at a time when the New Zealand Division of Science and Industrial Research organisation was restructuring into separate institutes. The timing of this restructuring impacted on the data analysis process and the data was never analysed completely.

For the data collection, a unique data acquisition system was built. The formats of the captured data are now redundant with modern computer systems. The investigator maintains all of the original data (on tapes) and the computer system used. The key data/programming individual has moved on and it would most likely require a lot of effort to extract any useable data for analysis. Please contact the investigator for more information.


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/

Data Center Personnel
Name: SHULAMIT GORDON
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: s.gordon at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand


Personnel
GAVIN FISHER
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: g.fisher at pce.co.nz
Country: NEW ZEALAND


CEISHA POIROT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: c.poirot at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand


SHULAMIT GORDON
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: s.gordon at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand


Publications/References
Harvey, M.J. Fisher, G.W. Lechner, I.S. Isaac, P. Flower, N.E. Dick, A.L. Summertime aerosol measurements in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Atmospheric environment 25A(3/4): 569-580, 1991.

Fisher, G.W. Isaac, P. Bromley, A. An incident of clear air precipitation. Weather 44(4): 155-159, 1989.

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-03-02
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-03-03

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