ATMospheric Fluxes from Arctic Snow Surfaces - ATMS

Updated 2005-03-14

The central objectives of the proposed ATMAS project are:  to quantify the photo-chemically triggered NOx and HONO re-emission fluxes from permanently and seasonally snow-covered surfaces in the Arctic near Ny-Ålesund,  to quantify the sources of NO3 in these snow-covered surfaces. In detail, the following scientific objectives of ATMAS can be distinguished: 1. to quantify atmospheric gradient fluxes of HNO3, HONO, particulate nitrogen compounds, and nitrogen in precipitation (snow and rain) above snow surfaces; 2. to quantify the emission of NOx and HONO from the snow pack as atmospheric gradient fluxes 3. to formulate an influx-outflow relationship that can be used in dependence on the snow type for (photo-)chemical atmospheric process models. The results of this research may be expanded to a regional (European) or global scale, to suggest how the NOx and HONO re-emission process and its consequences can be included into regional emission, dispersion and deposition models used in Europe.

Time frame

Project time span
2003 - 2008
Data collection
2003 - 2008
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Harald J. BEINE
Istituto sull’inquinamento Atmosferico (IIA) CNR Via Salaria Km 29.300 CP 10 00016 Monterotondo Scalo (RM) ITALY
+39 06 90672262
+39 06 90672660

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Climate change effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

Parameter groups: Air quality, atmospheric chemistry parameters, flux from snow surfaces


Regions studied
Climate change effects
Climate change effects
Climate change effects

Data availability

References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
H. J. Beine, F. Dominé, A. Ianniello, M. Nardino, I Allegrini, K. Teinilä, R. Hillamo, Fluxes of Nitrates Between Snow Surfaces and the Atmosphere in the European High Arctic. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 3, 335-346, 2003.
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

CNRS - LGGE, Grenoble, France

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