Annals of Glaciology, 41

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Nancy Bertler¹, Paul Mayweski², Alberto Aristarain³, Peter Barrett¹, Silvia Becagli4, Ronaldo Bernardo5, Sun Bo6, Xiao Cunde7, Mark Curran8, Qin Dahe9, Daniel Dixon², Francisco Ferron5, Hubertus Fischer10, Markus Frey11, Massimo Frezzotti12, Felix Fundel10, Christophe Genthon13, Roberto Gragnani12, Gordon Hamilton², Mike Handley², Sungmin Hong14, Elisabeth Isaksson15, Kang Jiancheng6, Ren Jiawen9, Kokichi Kamiyama16, Satoru Kanamori16, Eija Kärkäs17, Lars Karlöf15, Susan Kaspari², Karl Kreutz², Andrei Kurbatov², Eric Meyerson², Yan Ming6, Zhang Mingjun9, Hideaki Motoyama16, Robert Mulvaney18, Hans Oerter10, Eric Osterberg², Marco Proposito12, Alex Pyne¹, Urs Ruth10, Jefferson Simoes5, Barbara Smith8, Sharon Sneed², Kimmo Teinilä19, Fidan Traufetter10, Roberto Udisti4, Aki Virkkula17, Okitsugu Watanabe16, Bruce Williamson², Jan-Gunnar Winther15, Li Yuansheng6, Eric Wolff18, Li Zhongqin9, Ann Zielinski²

  1. Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
  2. Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, Orono, Maine USA
  3. Laboratorio de Estratigrafia Glaciar y Geoquimica Del Agua y de la Nieve - Conicet, Mendonça, Argentina
  4. Department of Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry Section, Scientific Pole - University of Florence, Via della Lastruccia 3, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Florence), Italy
  5. Núcleo de Pesquisas Antárticas e Climáticas, Departamento de Geografia, Instituto de Geociências - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil
  6. Polar Research Institute of China, Shanghai 200129, China
  7. Instiute of Climate and Environment, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, Beijing 100081, China; also at Cold and Arid Regions Envorinmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences,Lanzhou 730000, China
  8. Australian Antarctic Division/ACE CRC, Private Bag 80, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  9. Cold and Arid Regions Envorinmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences,Lanzhou 730000, China
  10. Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Columbusstrasse, Bremerhaven, Germany
  11. Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  12. ENEA,"Progetto Clima Globale", Roma, Italy
  13. LGGE CNRS, 54 Rue Moliere, DU BP 96, Saint Martin d'Heres Cedex, France
  14. Korea Polar Research Institute, Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute, Seoul, Korea
  15. Norwegian Polar Institute, Polarmiljøsenteret, Tromsø, Norway
  16. National Institute of Polar Research, Polar Meteolorogy and Glaciology Group, Kaga 1-9-10, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 173-8515, Japan
  17. Division of Geophysics, Department of Physical Sciences, P.O. Box 64, University of Helsinki, Finland
  18. British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, Cambridge, CB3 0ET, UK
  19. Finnish Meteorological Institute, Air Quality Research, Sahaajankatu 20E, Helsinki, Finland.


An updated compilation of published and new data of major ion (Ca, Cl, K, Mg, Na, NO3, SO4) and methylsulfonate (MS) concentrations in snow from 520 Antarctic sites is provided by the national ITASE programmes of Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom, United States of America, and the national Antarctic programme of Finland. The comparison shows that snow chemistry concentrations vary by up to four orders of magnitude across Antarctica and exhibit distinct geographical patterns. The Antarctic-wide comparison of glaciochemical records provides a unique opportunity to improve our understanding of the fundamental factors that ultimately control the chemistry of snow or ice samples. This paper aims to initiate data compilation and administration in order to provide a framework for facilitation of Antarctic-wide snow chemistry discussions across all ITASE nations and other contributing groups. The data are made available through the ITASE web page and will be updated with new data as they are provided. In addition, recommendations for future research efforts are summarised.

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