Unravelling Particle Chemistry from atmosphere to surface snow in Dronning Maud Land

01 April 2018 → 15 April 2022
Federal funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Analytical separation and detection techniques
    • Atmospheric chemistry
Antarctica air quality chemical analysis atmospheric modelling
Project description

Atmospheric composition change is a main driver of present and near-future climate change with airborne particles (AP) playing a major role therein. The impact of mineral AP as a major source of micronutrients (e.g. Fe) in the so-called "High Nutrient Low Chlorophyll" oceanic zones (like the Southern Ocean) that affects the global CO2 cycling, illustrates the close and complex relationships between the composition of atmospheric particles and global climate. In addition, atmospheric particles interact via scattering and absorption with radiation and have an impact on the energy balance in the atmospheric and at the surface. They also act as cloud condensation and ice nuclei and therefore play a crucial role in the formation of clouds, affecting both their radiative properties and precipitation.