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Volume 62, Issue 2 (Apr 2014)


Lidar observations of volcanic dust over Polish Polar Station at Hornsund after eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Grímsvötn

Grzegorz Karasiński
  • Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
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/ Michał Posyniak
  • Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
  • Institute of Geophysics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland
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/ Magdalena Bloch
  • Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
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/ Piotr Sobolewski
  • Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
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/ Łukasz Małarzewski
  • Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
  • Department of Climatology, Faculty of Earth Sciences University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland
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/ Jakub Soroka
  • Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
  • Hydrological and Meteorological Station in Gorzów Wielkopolski, Institute of Meteorology and Water Management — National Research Institute (IMGW-PIB), Warszawa, Poland
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Published Online: 2014-01-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11600-013-0183-4


Two significant volcanic eruptions, i.e., Eyjafjallajökull (April–May 2010) and Grímsvötn (May 2011) took place recently in Iceland. Within a few days after eruptions, layers of high aerosol concentration have been observed by multiwavelength lidar of the Polish Polar Station at Hornsund, Svalbard. Measurements of the aerosol’s optical properties indicated a possible presence of volcanic ash transported over the Station. The latter presumption was confirmed by the computed backward trajectories of air masses, showing their paths passing over the location of volcanoes.

Keywords: lidar; remote sensing; atmospheric aerosol; air mass trajectories; Arctic

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