POLAR 6 2015 Campaign 

This campaign took place in April 2015, with the focus upon the characterization of ice clouds and pollutant levels, including black carbon, across the Arctic.  The campaign was again a collaboration between NETCARE scientists and AWI.   Along with the POLAR 6, the POLAR 5 make the trans-Arctic passage with its intent to characterize sea ice levels.  The campaign started in Longyearben, Spitzbergen and was to have continued in Station Nord, Greenland but bad weather at the start required us to skip science activities in Station Nord and to pass to Alert and Eureka, Nunavut and then onto Inuvik, NWT.

The instrumentation (see list here) was similar to that flow in the summer 2014 but with specific changes to better characterize the optical properties of the particles and the character of the ice clouds.   Close to 10 science flights were performed, with some measurements also performed on the ferry flights between stations. During the campaign our scientists submitted updates that can be found in the NETCARE activities blog.


POLAR 6 2015 Instrumentation

-Meteorological Parameters (T, RH, P etc)

-Sun Photometer

-Optical Particle Counter (UHSAS, particle sizes and concentrations)

-Single Particle Soot Photometer (SP2, black carbon particles sizes and numbers)

-Carbon Monoxide Analyzer

-Carbon Dioxide Analyzer

-Sulfur Dioxide Analyzer

-Water Vapour Analyzer

-Ozone Analyzer

-Soot Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (SP-AMS, particle composition)

-Condensation Particle Counters (total particle numbers, different cut points)

-Optical Particle Counter (super-micron particle size and number density)

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

-Continuous Light Absorption Photometer (visible absorption abilities of particles)

-Nephelometer (light scattering abilities of particles)

-Nevzorov Probe (total water content)

-Cloud Probes (FSSP 100, 2DC, 2DP, cloud droplet sizes and numbers)

Institutions Involved

Environment Canada

University of Toronto

University of British Columbia

University of Calgary

Alfred Wegener Institute

University of Mainz

Max Planck Institute

University of Quebec at Montreal