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07 Nov 2016
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A revision of this discussion paper was accepted for the journal The Cryosphere (TC) and is expected to appear here in due course.
A 125-year record of climate and chemistry variability at the Pine Island Glacier ice divide, Antarctica
Franciele Schwanck1, Jefferson C. Simões1, Michael Handley2, Paul A. Mayewski2, Jeffrey D. Auger2, Ronaldo T. Bernardo1, and Francisco E. Aquino1 1Centro Polar e Climático, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, 91540-000, Brazil
2Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, Orono, 04469, United States
Abstract. The Mount Johns (MJ) ice core (79º55' S; 94º23' W) was drilled near the Pine Island Glacier ice divide on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the 2008–2009 austral summer, to a depth of 92.26 m. The upper 45 m of the record covers approximately 125 years (1883–2008) showing marked seasonal variability. Trace element concentrations in 2,137 samples were determined using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. In this study, we reconstruct mineral dust and sea salt aerosol transport and investigate the influence of climate variables on the elemental concentrations to the MJ site. The ice core record reflects changes in emissions as well as atmospheric circulation and transport processes. Our trajectory analysis shows distinct seasonality, with strong westerly transport in the winter months and a secondary northeasterly transport in the summer. During summer months, the trajectories present slow-moving (short) transport and are more locally influenced than in other seasons. Finally, our reanalysis trace element correlations suggest that marine derived trace element concentrations are strongly influenced by sea ice concentration and sea surface temperature anomalies. The results show that seasonal elemental concentration maxima in sea-salt elements correlate well with the sea ice concentration winter maxima in the West Amundsen and Ross Seas. Lastly, we observed an increased concentration of marine aerosols when sea surface temperature decreased.

Citation: Schwanck, F., C. Simões, J., Handley, M., A. Mayewski, P., D. Auger, J., T. Bernardo, R., and E. Aquino, F.: A 125-year record of climate and chemistry variability at the Pine Island Glacier ice divide, Antarctica, The Cryosphere Discuss.,, in review, 2016.
Franciele Schwanck et al.
Franciele Schwanck et al.


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