Ground-based component for SLCFs
Lead: Andreas Massling, AU


The objectives of this WP are

  • to develop a comprehensive data set on in-situ concentration of SLCF, column integrated parameters and
    particularly black carbon impacts on snow optical characteristics,
  • to plan future field study activities in Arctic areas and promote synergetic effects so that their interactions
    will be most sufficient to create and transfer new knowledge
  • to pilot near-real time delivery (NRT) from Arctic observation site,
  • to facilitate integration and harmonization of existing data sets and data streams,
  • to address observational gaps, in particular in relation to polar night measurements and effects of pollution
    on surface albedo and on radiative budget,
  • to perform comprehensive aerosol source apportionment particularly for the organic aerosols.

Tasks, related deliverables and milestones of  WP 1: 

  • Task 1.1 Integration of observations provided by research infrastructures and networks (lead: Vito Vitale, CNR), divided into:
    • Task 1.1a Integration of ground-based in-situ observations
    • Task 1.1b Integration of regular columnar observations
    • Task 1.1c Integration of observations on surface properties

D 1.1.1 Report on discussing availability and constraints for Arctic data sets and data streams presenting
protocols and procedures to harmonize and integrate data for an operational use in GEO and COPERNICUS
including discussion on long-term sustainability implications and needs (M30) 

D 1.1.2 Dataset on selected species (ground-based measurements) as e.g. particle number, black carbon
mass and ozone concentration in a standardized format (M20)

D 1.1.3 A collection of harmonized measurements and data of the snow spectral reflectance delivered to
WP5 (M24)

M 1.1.1 Compilation of existing research infrastructures, networks, monitoring programs and corresponding
relevant data sets and data streams on Arctic SLCFs for iCUPE targeted to data and data stream
harmonization (M14)

M 1.1.2 Compilation of existing observations on surface properties in polar areas including remote sensing
techniques and surface snow sampling. (M18)

  • Task 1.2 Improvement of data flow of near-real-time data from in-situ measurement stations (lead: Konstantinos Eleftheriadis, NCSR)

D 1.2.1 A pilot dataset on selected parameters of available NRT data of Arctic Research Infrastructures (M22)

M 1.2.1 Overview of the current status of Arctic NRT measurements, including NEXTGEOSS and CAMS
84 projects (M14)

  • Task 1.3 Interactions with planned intensive observations in the polar regions (lead: Birgit Wehner, TROPOS)

D 1.3.1 Web-page as communication platform for upcoming polar activities to increase extensive cooperations within the polar community assuring the highest synergy between the objectives of the forthcoming studies (M18)

D 1.3.2 Integrated data collection of Arctic parameters received via ground-based remote sensing and airborne platforms for submission to WP5 (M21).

M 1.3.1 Plan on future data flow of campaign-vise selected Arctic data sets, their sustainable storage, data
harmonization and integration in existing data policies. (M12)

  • Task 1.4 Sources and sinks of atmospheric pollution in the polar areas (lead: Andre Prévôt, PSI)

D 1.4.1 Guidelines for off-line and on-line source apportionment procedures using aerosol mass
spectrometry including a protocol how to report such data in EBAS (M20)

D 1.4.2 A report and a data set on source apportionment of aerosols with a focus on organic aerosols in the
arctic including the source regions (M33)

M 1.4.1 Aerosol source apportionment using off-line and on-line measurements finalized (M29)