Workshop on Chemical Atmosphere-Snow-Sea Ice Interactions: taking the next big step in the field, lab & modelling
Conference date and venue
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will hold an International Workshop on Chemical Atmosphere-Snow-Sea Ice Interactions in 2014.
Date: 13 – 15 October 2014
Venue: Trinity Hall, Cambridge
Address: Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ
Registration deadline: Friday 15 August 2014
Call for Abstracts
Submit an abstract indicating session and poster/oral preference, register and book accommodation in one step by 15 August 2014
Final scientific programme will be posted first half of September
Standard registration fees
- Workshop participant (includes coffee breaks, lunch, venue and conference dinner): £170
- Partner rate (includes conference dinner): £55
Scope & Aims
The air-snow-sea ice system plays an important role in the global cycling of nitrogen, halogens, trace metals or carbon, including greenhouse gases (e.g. CO2 air-sea flux), and therefore influences also climate. Its impact on atmospheric composition is illustrated for example by dramatic ozone and mercury depletion events which occur within or close to the sea ice zone (SIZ) mostly during polar spring and are catalysed by halogens released from SIZ ice, snow or aerosol. Recent field campaigns in the high Arctic (e.g. BROMEX, OASIS) and Antarctic (Weddell sea cruises) highlight the importance of snow on sea ice as a chemical reservoir and reactor, even during polar night. However, many processes, participating chemical species and their interactions are still poorly understood and/or lack any representation in current models. Furthermore, recent lab studies provide a lot of detail on the chemical environment and processes but need to be integrated much better to improve our understanding of a rapidly changing natural environment.
The aim of this three day workshop is to bring together experimental and theoretical scientists who work on the physics, chemistry or biology of the atmosphere-snow-sea ice system in order to discuss research status and challenges, which need to be addressed in the near future. An important objective is to foster new research collaborations and identify opportunities for international collaborative funding proposals. An expected workshop outcome will be a publicly available white paper/conference report outlining research priorities and pathways how to address them.
Space is limited to 80 participants. Early career scientists (within 5 years of their PhD) and doctoral students are encouraged to submit an abstract and are eligible for partial financial support.
Rather than grouping by discipline or chemical species workshop sessions will focus on a key question or topic taking advantage of the inter-disciplinary scientific background of workshop participants. Invited speakers will open each session with overview presentations (30-45 min) highlighting research status and challenges of each topic followed by shorter oral presentations (15 min including questions). On day 1 there will be a poster session, but posters will be on display during the entire 3 days giving more opportunity for discussion. On day 3 enough time for discussion will be provided to identify imminent research priorities and how to address them through collaborative funding proposals.
Session outline and titles of invited talks (subject to change):
13 October 09:00-09:15 Welcome by David Vaughan (BAS Director of Science)
S1: “Climate impacts of Chemical Atmosphere-Snow-Sea Ice interactions – what are the mechanisms & are they relevant at the regional or global scale?”
- Paul B. Shepson (Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA), “Lessons learned from major atmospheric chemistry field campaigns above Arctic sea ice”
- Tom Lachlan-Cope (BAS, Cambridge, UK) “Aerosol cloud coupling above sea ice and climate impacts in the Arctic”
- Becky Alexander (University of Washington, Seattle, USA) “Can isotopes of ice-core nitrate be used to quantify past variability in snow photochemistry?”
S2: “Biogeochemistry of the air-snow-sea ice-ocean system – processes & impacts“
- Walker Smith Jr (Virginia Institute for Marine Sciences, Gloucester Point, USA), “Ecological impacts of changing ice concentrations in the coming century: the Ross Sea”
- Parisa Ariya (McGill University, Montreal, Canada), “Bio-organic materials in snow: aerosol formation and nucleation”
- Daiki Nomura (Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido, Japan),”CO2 and Bromoform emissions over Antarctic Sea Ice”
S3: “Air-snow exchange processes – closing the gap between Field, Lab and Models”
- Céline Toubin (Université Lille, Lille, France), “Molecular Modelling of the Air/ice interface: overview and connections with experiments”
- Pete Edwards (University of York, York, UK), “Understanding winter Ozone pollution in regions of intense Oil and Gas production and the fole of the snowpack”
- Henning Löwe (SLF Davos, Switzerland), “Controls of snow metamorphism and diffusion on chemical Air-Ice-Snow interactions“
- OPALE project members – Markus Frey (BAS, Cambridge, UK): “The OPALE project in East Antarctica - new insights into oxidant chemistry above polar snow”
S4: ”New strategies – Developing optimal probes and systems to study AICI in lab & field”
- Roland v. Glasow (University of East Anglia Norwich, UK), “A novel sea-ice - snow chamber for polar research and linked modelling activities”
- Martin King (Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Uk), “Sea ice tank studies at RHUL”
S5: “Taking the next steps – challenges & opportunities”
- Jeremy Wilkinson (BAS, UK): “Successful large grant applications in the Arctic”
- Lucy Gonzalez Pacheco Sosa (BAS, Cambridge, UK), ”International funding opportunities for Earth Science research”
Short talks on existing research platforms/opportunities:
- J.-L. Tison (Université Libre de Bruxelle, Bruxelles, Belgium), ”Field research opportunities at Queen Elizabeth Station”
- K. Abrahamson (University of Goeteborg, Goeteborg, Sweden), “The Oden as a platform for a winter cruise into the SIZ in Antarctica”
- Anna Jones (BAS, Cambridge, UK), “AICI-type opportunities at the CASLab, Halley, in coastal Antarctica”
S6: “Open discussion - What are research priorities & how do we get them funded?”
The conference will take place at one of the oldest Colleges of Cambridge University, Trinity Hall, founded in 1350 originally for the study of law. Today the beautiful riverside setting is home to a friendly community of undergraduate and graduate students studying a range of subjects.
The conference dinner will take place Corpus Christi College, only a 5 minute stroll away from Trinity Hall, on the evening of the second day. The Dining Hall, one of the most beautiful in Cambridge, is New Gothic in style and the walls are lined with portraits of previous Masters. The upper walls are decorated in William Morris print, made from plates rediscovered in the 1960s and also found in the House of Commons.
We have reserved rooms to accommodate everyone at the Arundel House Hotel in walking distance to the conference venue and the historic city centre of Cambrdige.
Arrival on 12th October 2014 and departure on 15th October 2014:
- 35 x non-smoking single rooms at a rate of £85.00 per room.
- 36 x non-smoking double bedded rooms at a rate of £130.00 per room.
- 9 x non-smoking twin bedded rooms at a rate of £130.00 per room.
All prices include full English breakfast and VAT.
You will be able to book accommodation on a first-come-first-served base at the time of registration for the conference through our website.
Travelling to Cambridge
Scientific Programme Committee:
- K. Abrahamsson (University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden)
- T. Bartels-Rausch (Paul-Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland)
- G. Dieckmann (Alfred Wegener Institut, Bremerhaven, Germany)
- M. M. Frey (British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
- A. E. Jones (British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
- M. King (Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, United Kingdom)
- V. F. McNeill (Colombia University, New York, United States)
- S. Preunkert (Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement, St. Martin d’Hères, France)
- M. Roeselová (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic)
- J. Thomas (LATMOS-IPSL, Paris, France)
- J.-L. Tison (Université libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium)
- D. Voisin (Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement, St. Martin d’Hères, France)
- X. Yang (British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Organising Committee (BAS, Cambridge, UK):
- M. M. Frey
- L. Gonzalez Pacheco Sosa
- P. Goodearl
- A. E. Jones
- X. Yang