Arctic Gas and Aerosol Sampling Program

Project Description
The AGASP flights were special missions flown from Norway and
Thule AFB, to obtain measurements for determining the rate at
which carbon dioxide in the arctic atmosphere was being absorbed
by a Norwegian Sea "sink". Those sinks in oceans around the
world are believed to regularly absorb carbon dioxide from the
atmosphere, and this absorption is believed to play an important
role in removing excess carbon dioxide from the
atmosphere. Computer models indicated that excess carbon dioxide
in the atmosphere from human activity would cause a "greenhouse"
effect; and we still are hearing about this of course, 17 years
later. The AGASP flights also determined how representative haze
samples were by comparing them to observations from ground based
instruments in an arctic air sampling network from the Barrow
GMCC observatory, which is a NOAA baseline monitoring station on
the North Coast of Alaska.

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