The Arctic is especially vulnerable to climate change since it is warming more than twice the global average. Aerosols and clouds play a major role regulating the energy transport from and to space. Within NASCENT 2019-2020 campaign (Ny-Ålesund AeroSol Cloud ExperimeNT) , we will study in depth microphysical and chemical properties of aerosols and clouds using a variety of novel instruments. These intensified observations are linked to the MOSAiC year (2019-2020).


Ny-Ålesund is a research community close to 79º North on Svalbard. Intensified observations of cloud and aerosol properties are conducted at Zeppelin observatory at 475 m above sea level. Various in-situ and remote sensing instruments below the mountain will additionally added analysis.


Latest activities

  • September 2019: Packing the CIMS and other instruments to be shipped to Ny-Ålesund.
  • June 2019: Installation of the bioaerosol sensor and calibration of instruments up at Zeppelin Observatory.

Our international partners

  • Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsö, Norway
  • Korean Polar Research Institute, Incheon, South Korea
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Meteorological Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan
  • University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • ETH, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
  • National Research Council of Italy, CNR, Italy
  • Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

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Project Info

Project start: 2019

Funded by

Vetenskapsrådet, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation