Arctic Research

Boundary Layer Processes and Cloud Physics

researcher working in Tiksi, Russia;
Did you know...Even though the Arctic receives a large amount of solar energy in summer, the high reflectivity of snow and ice surfaces keeps absorption of solar energy low.

Boundary layer processes and cloud physics in arctic regions are poorly parametrized in the current generation of global climate models. For example, phase difference of clouds (ice and water) could effect radiative balance of atmosphere significantly. PSL researchers are tackling those difficult problems by using observations and models. Below is some of the research being conducted by the Polar Observations and Processes team:

Eureka Flux Tower Solar Radiation Instruments

In order to characterize surface solar radiation budget, we installed a set of solar radiation instruments on the flux tower in Eureka. Learn more

Long-Term Arctic Temperature Records

Some stations in the Arctic have long-term temperature records. Learn more

EOS Satellite Retrievals and Validation

This project focused on the intereactions of atmosphere, land, and oceans with one another and with solar radiation. Our team developed long-term cloud data sets in the Arctic to validate the Arctic cloud retrievals. Learn more

Polar Observations & Processes
Field Programs