Untangling the influence of Antarctic and Southern Ocean life on clouds

Polar environments are among the fastest changing regions on the planet. It is a crucial time to make significant improvements in our understanding of how ocean and ice biogeochemical processes are linked with the atmosphere. This is especially true over Antarctica and the Southern Ocean where observations are severely limited and the environment is far from anthropogenic influences. In this commentary, we outline major gaps in our knowledge, emerging research priorities, and upcoming opportunities and needs. We then give an overview of the large-scale measurement campaigns planned across Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in the next 5 years that will address the key issues. Until we do this, climate models will likely continue to exhibit biases in the simulated energy balance over this delicate region. Addressing these issues will require an international and interdisciplinary approach which we hope to foster and facilitate with ongoing community activities and collaborations.


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Authors: Mallet, Marc D., Humphries, Ruhi S., Fiddes, Sonya L., Alexander, Simon P., Altieri, Katye, Angot, Hélène, Anilkumar, N., Bartels-Rausch, Thorsten, Creamean, Jessie, Dall’Osto, Manuel, Dommergue, Aurélien, Frey, Markus ORCIDORCID record for Markus Frey, Henning, Silvia, Lannuzel, Delphine, Lapere, Rémy, Mace, Gerald G., Mahajan, Anoop S., McFarquhar, Greg M., Meiners, Klaus M., Miljevic, Branka, Peeken, Ilka, Protat, Alain, Schmale, Julia, Steiner, Nadja, Sellegri, Karine, Simó, Rafel, Thomas, Jennie L., Willis, Megan D., Winton, V. Holly L., Woodhouse, Matthew T.

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6 April, 2023
Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene / 11
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