EGU21-5784, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Abundance of ice-nucleating particles from the Gruvebadet observatory in Svalbard during 2017-2019

Yidi Hou1, Elise Wilbourn1, Naruki Hiranuma1, Federica Bruschi2, David Cappelletti2, Paola Gravina2, and Mauro Mazzola3
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  • 1West Texas A&M University, College of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Dept. of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Canyon, United States of America (
  • 2Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
  • 3National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Polar Sciences (CNR-ISP), Bologna, Italy

Atmospheric ice-nucleating particles (INPs) have substantial cloud-phase feedback, and ambient INP concentration may increase in the Arctic region in response to warming (Murray, Carslaw, and Field, 2020). Currently, there are limited INP observations in the Atlantic sector of the Arctic. With the goal of generating new ambient INP data in this particular region, we have measured and studied INP concentrations from Ny-Ålesund (Spitsbergen, Svalbard) during 2017-2019. More specifically, we collected aerosol particles on membrane filters at the Gruvebadet observatory (approx. 50 m above sea level), where a custom-built isokinetic laminar flow inlet is installed. Individual filters collected aerosol particles for 27 hours (at least) to several days with a constant sampling flow of less than 12.8 LPM, which was regulated by a critical orifice. Our sampling periods were  intermittent, but covering all meteorological seasons overall. With these filter samples, we have conducted the offline immersion measurements to produce the INP number concentration dataset at temperatures above -25 °C. We will also present the comparison of our immersion data to previous Arctic INP data. Such data would be invaluable to constrain current atmospheric models and estimate their potential impact on aerosol-cloud-climate interactions in the Arctic region.



The authors acknowledge the personnel of the Arctic Station Dirigibile Italia of the National Research Council of Italy for their support to the particle sampling. We also acknowledge contributions of C. A. Rodriguez and H.S. Vepuri for their technical support on WT-CRAFT measurements. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1941317 (CAREER: The Role of Ice-Nucleating Particles and Their Feedback on Clouds in Warming Arctic Climate). The authors acknowledge the NySMAC, Ny-Ålesund Atmosphere Research Flagship Programme, for allowing the organization of a collaborative workshop meeting held in Bologna, Italy, in 2017. The workshop provided a venue for authors to come together that fostered this collaboration.



Murray, B. J., Carslaw, K. S., and Field, P. R.: Opinion: Cloud-phase climate feedback and the importance of ice-nucleating particles, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.,, in review, 2020.

How to cite: Hou, Y., Wilbourn, E., Hiranuma, N., Bruschi, F., Cappelletti, D., Gravina, P., and Mazzola, M.: Abundance of ice-nucleating particles from the Gruvebadet observatory in Svalbard during 2017-2019, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-5784,, 2021.

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