Amundsen-Nobile Climate Change Tower


The ideal position (Northern limit of the West Spitsbergen Current) and the large international cooperation, make Ny-Ålesund a key area for a monitoring network in the Arctic region. CNR Station in Ny-Ålesund and the Arctic Strategic Project offer the opportunity to develop the potentialities of the Italian research and increase through a multidisciplinary approach the know-how of the complex processes and interactions connecting the different components of the climatic system (atmosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere). At the Italian station Dirigibile Italia, a large set of instruments were installed to investigate physical and chemical properties of atmosphere as well as the exchange fluxes of mass, the radiation and chemical substances at the atmosphere-land interface. Final aim is to create a scientific platform able to complement research activities provided by other international research groups and obtain a comprehensive data set useful to determine all components of the energy budget at the surface, their temporal variations, and role played by different processes involving air, snow, ice and land (permafrost and vegetation). Key element of such platform are the Admundsen-Nobile Climate Change Tower (CCT), that, with an height of 32 m and large possibility to host and operate many instruments, permits to deeply investigate energy budget in the surface layer, PBL dynamics and exchange fluxes (heat, momentum, chemicals) at the atmosphere-land interface, and the The Gruvebadet laboratory with its fully functioning in situ aerosol monitoring activities (in collaboration with University of Florence) and columnar aerosol profiling activities with a tethered baloon (in collaboration with UNIPE, University of Perugia)