PIA13961: NASA Finds Sea Ice Driving Arctic Air Pollutants (Alaskan North Slope)
Target Name: Earth
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Spacecraft: MetOp-A
Instrument: GOME-2
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Produced By: JPL
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Bromine explosion on March 13, 2008 across the Alaskan North Slope looking south toward the Brooks Range at the horizon, which blocked the bromine from going further south into the Alaskan interior. The bromine explosion is depicted in the foreground by the red-orange areas, while the green shades at high altitudes on the Brooks Range represent areas where there was no increase in bromine.

The bromine measurements are from the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2) instrument aboard the MetOp-A satellite. GOME-2 is developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). MetOp-A is operated by the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

A team from the United States, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom, led by Son Nghiem of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., produced the study, which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres. The team combined data from six NASA, European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency satellites; field observations and a model of how air moves in the atmosphere to link Arctic sea ice changes to bromine explosions over the Beaufort Sea, extending to the Amundsen Gulf in the Canadian Arctic. JPL is managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Bremen

Image Addition Date:
2012-03-01