Polar Observations & Processes

Arctic Atmospheric Observatory Program

map showing observatory locations

PSD is helping to develop an integrated Arctic network that will contribute data to studies of attribution, not just trends, of Arctic and resulting global climate change.

The Arctic is a critical region that significantly affects and is effected by global climate. Without understanding mechanisms of the Arctic atmosphere, it is impossible to accurately project the future path of global climate change. It is an under-observed region because of the operational difficulties of taking measurements in remote, sparsely populated areas with harsh environmental conditions. AAOP contributes to the Arctic atmosphere component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems by developing partnerships to serve mutual monitoring and research observational needs.

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