|International Buoy Program||Large Scale Variability||Arctic Clouds||Air-Sea-Ice Interaction Modeling||Surface Energy Balance|
Polar Science Center (PSC) researchers conduct Atmospheric Research in the Polar Regions with a focus on Atmosphere-Ice-Ocean interactions and large scale atmospheric variability. PSC researchers are involved in research ranging from measurement programs deploying buoys that provide atmospheric pressure and temperature from the Arctic Ocean used for weather and climate prediction to lab-based research on the potential role of bacteria in the formation of ice particles in clouds. Recent work examines the role of sea ice changes on cloud variability and the redistribution of energy and moisture within the Arctic System. As the climate is warming, resulting in reduced sea ice cover, interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere will affect atmospheric temperature structure, clouds and precipitation. Determining the direction and strength of such feedback is one of the questions Center researchers are trying to answer.