2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Climate controls on aerosol fluxes to Taylor Dome and Taylor Glacier

Program Manager:
Dr. Julie Palais

Event Number: I-184-M

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Jessica Jenkins

Dr. Sarah Aciego (Principal Investigator)

University of Michigan
Department of Geological Sciences
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Taylor Glacier

Project Description:
The objective of this project is to apply high-precision geochemical techniques to the high-volume, high-resolution horizontal ice core at Taylor Glacier. This research is expected to de-convolve regional versus global aerosol flux sources, determine if the aerosol compositional changes record regional climate and weather changes, and provide a continuous record of southern hemisphere dust.

Field Season Overview:
A team of five will fly to the camp at lower Taylor Glacier where they will share facilities and the use of a blue ice drill with another project (Petrenko, I-159) for approximately 30 days. They will then traverse from the lower camp site to a site higher up on the glacier and continue sampling. At both sites they will be collecting drill cores; 50 large (100 pound) samples will be collected from the lower site and 10 from the upper site

Deploying Team Members:

  • Sarah Aarons
  • Sarah Aciego (PI)
  • Carli Arendt
  • Michael Jayred
  • Luca Lanci

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