Marine Aerosols in Antarctica

QUT Team Dr. Branka Miljevic and PhD student Mr. Joel Alroe  participated in two voyages in the Antarctica from October-November 2018 and January-February 2019, on the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis, as a part of the Chemical and Mesoscale Mechanisms of Polar Cell Aerosol Nucleation (CAMMPCAN) project –a large, collaborative project led by the University of Melbourne and funded by the Australian Antarctic Division.

Our Project  

The aim of the project is to investigate sources and properties of aerosols over the Southern Ocean, as they are important for regulating the Earth’s climate and yet, is poorly understood in the Southern Ocean region.

The team are looking after a comprehensive suite of instruments for physical and chemical characterisation of aerosols, their precursors and trace gases which are placed in a unique mobile air chemistry lab called AIRBOX (Atmospheric Integrated Research facility for Boundaries and Oxidative Experiments). This project will provide the most comprehensive set of atmospheric data for the Southern Ocean region and will help to improve the reliability of climate models for this region.

Partners

  • Australian Antarctic Division
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Wollongong