Aerosols in Polar Atmospheres

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The climate and the atmospheric environment are irreversibly changing due to growing greenhouse gas emissions, especially in polar regions. The Arctic is an ocean surrounded by land that is warming much faster than the rest of the planet. The Antarctic continent and its surrounded Southern Ocean are within the most near-pristine aerosol environments on our planet Earth. Both the Arctic and the Antarctic are an ensemble of regions with substantial spatial heterogeneity across marine, terrestrial, and freshwater biomes, with productivity and biodiversity patchiness super-imposed on strong environmental gradients.

Our ability to monitor polar aerosols and their role in cloud formation is limited by remoteness and sea-ice coverage, but an oversimplification of two broad natural sources governing the aerosol population in the polar regions - sea spray aerosol and non-sea salt sulfate - has been challenged in a recent intensification in aerosol measurement field campaigns. The local atmospheric composition of polar regions is remarkably different, investigating the geographical variation in surface types across these regions is the key to understanding local aerosols sources and processes.

This Collection aims to broaden our knowledge of the relevant physical, chemical, and biological components of polar atmospheric and climate science, with a particular focus on regional atmospheric aerosol composition. We invite Original Research and Review articles addressing primary and secondary aerosol response to warming and changes in the polar regions.

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Please follow the steps detailed on this page to prepare your manuscript for submission. Submissions are handled via our online submission system.  Authors should express their interest in the Collection in their cover letter.