Core Measurements at Summit, Greenland Environmental Observatory

Affiliation(s)PIProject periodFunded by
DHS McConnell, Joseph R 09/15/2003 - 08/31/2009 University of California, Merced

Project Description

This project involves long-term measurements of the Arctic atmosphere, snow and other Earth system components at the Summit Greenland Enviornmental Observatory (GEOSummit), located at an elevation of 3,100 m on the Greenland ice sheet. The project involves continuing and expanding the core suite of baseline measurements at GEOSummit for a five-year period. It also provides for the continued operation of GEOSummit as a long-term site for year-round disciplinary and interdisciplinary measurements and research. Baseline measurements include meteorology, radiation, troposhperic chemistry, snow properties and snow chemistry. The suite chosen has broad interest in the atmospheric sciences and related communities. As the Co-Investigator, Dr. McConnell will be involved with the Principal Investigator in many aspects of the grant as detailed in the original grant proposal. In particular, Dr. McConnell will take the lead in designing and overseeing collection and analyses of surface snow samples for trace element analyses using DRI's High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (HR-ICPMS) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES). This measurement program will continue throughout the entire 5-year field effort, pending availability of funds.