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AWIPEV ist the French-German Arctic Research Base operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the French Polar Institute Paul Emile Victor (IPEV). Within the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre TR 172 “ArctiC Amplification: Climate Relevant Atmospheric and SurfaCe Processes, and Feedback Mechanisms (AC)³” ((AC)³), the University of Cologne collaborates with AWI in the long-term observations at the Atmospheric Observatory.
Within (AC)³, researchers at the University of Cologne, University Bremen and AWI will characterize the thermodynamic structure, clouds, aerosols, and trace gases in the atmospheric column at Ny-Ålesund on a long-term basis. In Cologne, the research focus is on remote sensing of the termodynamic structure and cloud macro- and microphysical properties using the synergie of the established observations at AWIPEV and new instrumentation, i.e. a cloud radar. The ground-based observations at Ny-Ålesund will be in accompanied by satellite, aircraft and ship measurements, as well as modeling studies on various scales.
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Most instruments are located on the roof of the Institute for Energy and Climate Research - Troposphere IEK-8 at the Research Centre Jülich embedded in an agricultural dominated landscape.
JOYCE provides a number of resources, which characterize the thermodynamic state of the atmospheric column including vertical profiles of temperarture, humidity and cloud macro- and microphysical properties as well as the aerosol loading. The data is freely accessible for scientific and educational purposes and may be obtained through direct contact to Dr. U. Löhnert.