Welcome to the NETCARE Website

NETCARE (Network on Climate and Aerosols: Addressing Key Uncertainties in Remote Canadian Environments) is a network comprised of researchers from ten Canadian universities (Toronto, UBC, UQAM, Waterloo, UQAR, Laval, Dalhousie, Calgary, Sherbrooke, Victoria) and five partner institutions (Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Alfred Wegener Institute, Max Planck Institute, Johannes Gutenberg University). NETCARE is one of seven networks funded by the new Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) program at NSERC


NETCARE 2016 Workshop - November 14th & 15th 2016

The 2016 NETCARE Workshop took place on Monday November 14th and Tuesday November 15th at the University of Toronto Hart House. Over 50 members of the network participated in this two day event, with more than 15 talks and two poster sessions from NETCARE investigators, collaborators, and highly qualified personnel. 

Exciting new  science presentations and focused discussion sessions helped to guide the network into it's final project year. The program for the workshop is available for download below. Workshop  presentations will be made available on the website soon. 

NETCARE Workshop 4 Final Program.pdf
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Research Blog

Amundsen Campaign - Microlayer skimmer

The microlayer skimmer proved to be incredibly valuable during the 2016 NETCARE field campaign on board the CCGS Amundsen. The skimmer was designed to collect large volumes of the sea surface microlayer in a time efficient manner compared to manual hand sampling methods. We prepared for using the skimmer in the field way back in 2015 at the IOS in Victoria, where we spent a week to familiarize ourselves with the equipment. Despite some initial challenges with the skimmer’s deployment during the campaign, the operation of the skimmer quickly became a routine and effective procedure. 

Working on the skimmer from the side of the zodiac, with the Amundsen in the background.
Working on the skimmer from the side of the zodiac, with the Amundsen in the background.



Each time the skimmer was deployed, we would leave the Amundsen in a zodiac and tow the skimmer to a suitable sampling location. Working in the zodiac was a lot of fun and an excellent opportunity for us collect samples in the field. Deployments ranged between choppy conditions in the open Arctic ocean to calm waters amid large icebergs. In the end, we collected concurrent microlayer and subsurface water samples for nearly a dozen sampling locations to be analyzed for dimethyl sulphide, surfactants, ammonia, ice nucleating particles, and hygroscopicity.

NETCARE HQP Vickie Irish, Alex Moravek, and Matt Boyer deploying the skimmer with the help of the Canadian Coast Guard.
NETCARE HQP Vickie Irish, Alex Moravek, and Matt Boyer deploying the skimmer with the help of the Canadian Coast Guard.


I would like to give a special thanks to the Coast Guard crew for helping Vickie and I with each deployment and making everything run smoothly. Without their support, patience and expertise, we would not have been able to make the skimmer deployments a success.


-Matt Boyer, NETCARE graduate student, Dalhousie.


Update on the CCAR Network Enhancement Initiative (NEI)

In the spring of 2016, NSERC announced the availability of additional funds for CCAR Network Enhancement Initiatives (NEIs) that could be applied for via a short proposal.  After consulting with all NETCARE Co-Investigators, a proposal was submitted and successfully funded to allow the following activities to occur:


1.  NETCARE workshop: "Impacts of Arctic DMS Emissions on Future Climate".  A targeted workshop on this topic will be held in January 2017 at the Institute for Ocean Sciences, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, in Sidney BC.  This small workshop will largely involve NETCARE personnel, and is being organized by Maurice Levasseur, Knut von Salzen and Nadja Steiner.  The attraction of this small format meeting  is that it will provide more time for in-depth discussion not possible during our much larger annual two-day NETCARE workshop.


2.  Enhanced data archiving activities.  One  of the key products from the network is the detailed and  largely unique data arising from 7 field campaigns, conducted from 2013 to 2016.  Dr. Sarah Hanna (UBC) will lead these archiving issues with help from Dr. Felicia Kolonjari (ECCC).  The data will ultimately be available via a public website hosted at Environment and Climate Change Canada.


3.  Capstone conference on "Status and Future of Arctic Aerosol Research ".  This meeting will be held in Toronto November 13-14 2017. Leading scientists in Arctic aerosol research will join the NETCARE team for this meeting, to discuss the state of science in the field.  As well, we will have a final one-day NETCARE-only meeting, to wrap up the project.


With these new activities proceeding alongside our research plans, this will be a busy year as the NETCARE project moves towards completion.


NETCARE Research Configuration

NETCARE has been configured around four research activities that address key uncertainties in the field. The first three are focused on specific aerosol-climate connections – Carbonaceous Aerosol (Activity 1), Ice Cloud Formation and Impacts (Activity 2), Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions (Activity 3) – that remain poorly characterized.  These will be addressed through a variety of observational approaches.  The fourth - Implications of Measurements on Simulations of Atmospheric Processes and Climate (Activity 4) – integrates the results from Activities 1-3, approaching the subject from a comprehensive modeling perspective so as to provide a broad assessment of aerosol climate effects.   The figure below illustrates the vision inherent to the network: