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CHACHA: CHemistry in the Arctic: Clouds, Halogens, and Aerosols


CHACHA aims to assess the extent to which Arctic change, particularly sea ice loss and increased fossil fuel extraction in the New Arctic, modifies multiphase halogen, nitrogen, and sulfur chemistry, in turn affecting aerosols, clouds, and the fate of Arctic pollution. It is critical to understand these interactions between changing anthropogenic and natural emissions to evaluate and predict the impacts of environmental change and development on the Arctic and atmospheric composition. To pursue this research theme, we propose a focused airborne study of interactions between reactive gases, particles, and clouds, combined with modeling of chemical and physical processes in the vicinity of oil and gas extraction activities and sea ice leads. These studies are centered on three CHACHA testable operational hypotheses:
Hypothesis 1: Open sea ice leads are the largest source of early spring aerosol mass to the Arctic boundary layer, affecting aerosol and cloud chemical composition, ozone, and other gases. Hypothesis 2: Oil and gas extraction activities contribute to gas emissions that significantly modify natural halogen chemistry, impacting multiphase halogen recycling and activation, as well as the fate of NOx and ozone.
Hypothesis 3: Atmospheric oxidative processing of sulfur, nitrogen and other chemical species differs between clear-sky conditions, and those impacted by in-cloud chemical processing.
The approach for this project is to utilize the Wyoming King Air aircraft and the Purdue University ALAR aircraft to study how changes in development, sea ice, and warming in the Arctic are changing atmospheric composition and chemistry. More specifically, our aim is to quantify trace gases, aerosols, and cloud particles above and downwind of sea ice leads and the Prudhoe Bay oilfields in Alaska, to evaluate the effects of natural and anthropogenic emissions on halogen chemistry and aerosol and cloud composition.

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Temporal coverage

Begin Date 2022-01-01 00:00:00
End Date 2022-05-01 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 77.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 68.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -167.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: -142.00