2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Collection of atmospheric air for the NOAA/GMD worldwide flask-sampling network

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Event Number:
NSF / NOAA Agreement

Program Manager:
Dr. Peter Milne

ASC POC/Implementer:
Neal Scheibe / Jamee Johnson

Principal Investigator

Dr. James Hall Butler

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Global Monitoring Division (GMD)
Boulder, Colorado

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Supporting Stations: Palmer Station
Research Locations: Terra Lab


The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Monitoring Division (GMD) team will continue long-term measurements of trace constituents that influence climate and the ozone layer. The work done at Palmer Station is in conjunction with the ongoing worldwide measurements of carbon dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide, aerosols, water vapor, surface and stratospheric ozone, chlorofluorocarbons, and the ozone layer. This is part of NOAA's effort to determine and assess long-term buildup of global pollutants in the atmosphere. Measurements will be used for time-series analysis of multi-year data records that focus on the stratospheric ozone depletion; trans-Antarctic transport and deposition; interplay of trace-gas aerosols with polar plateau solar and terrestrial radiation fluxes; magnitude of seasonal and temporal variations in greenhouse gases; and polar stratospheric cloud development over Antarctica.

Field Season Overview

The Palmer Station RA provides year-round support to the project by collecting weekly air samples and by monitoring the UV instruments. No participants are deploying this season.

Deploying Team Members

  • Patrick Disterhoft (Co-PI)