Amundsen 2014 Campaign

Ten NETCARE scientistswere on board the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen, a research icebreaker, studying atmospheric and oceanic composition throughout the central Arctic.  The cruise departed from Quebec City on July 8, entering Lancaster Sound on July 17, undergoing a partial exchange of scientists at Resolute Bay, Nunavut on July 24, before heading west through the Northwest Passage.  All NETCARE scientists left the ship on August 14 in Kugluktuk, Northwest Territories.  


The scientific goal was to assess the impact of the ocean in promoting the formation of atmospheric aerosols. In particular, as sea ice retreats in years to come, it is important to understand the role that oceans play in affecting Arctic climate.  To do this, we took measurements of biogeochemical parameters in the ocean to explore the production of molecules that are released from the ocean to the atmosphere.  On the atmospheric side, we measured the concentrations of these gases and their oxidation products, and studied the nature of the ambient atmospheric aerosol particles, including their size, concentration, composition and cloud nucleating abilities.


Please follow these links for a map of the five-week-long Amundsen Arctic cruise and a list of instrumentation deployed. During the campaign we hosted a Campaign Blog that will be updated regularly by the NETCARE scientists. 

Amundsen Instrumentation

- Two Time-of-Flight Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometers (gas phase DMS, atmospheric acids)

- Quadrupole Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (gas phase OH, H2SO4)

- Ambient Ion Monitor – Ion Chromatograph (soluble gases and aerosol species)

- Two Scanning Particle Mobility Sizers (sub-micron particle size and number density)

- Aerodynamic Particle Sizer (super-micron particle size and number density)

- Condensation Particle Counter (total particle numbers)

- Cloud Condensation Particle Counter (numbers of liquid water cloud forming particles)

- Filter Ice Nuclei Counter (numbers of ice cloud forming particles)

- High Volume Air Samplers (sulfur isotopes of atmospheric species)

- Cartridge Sampling of Gases (gas phase DMS)


Institutions Involved

University of Toronto

University of British Columbia

University of Calgary

Environment Canada

Laval University

University of Quebec at Rimouski

Fisheries and Oceans Canada