By R. Bargagli
This quantity presents an outline of weather switch information, its results at the constitution and functioning of Antarctic ecosystems, and the incidence and biking of power contaminants. It discusses the position of Antarctic study for the safety of the worldwide setting. The publication additionally examines attainable destiny eventualities of weather switch and the function of Antarctic organisms within the early detection of environmental perturbations.
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G. “diamond dust”). Clear-sky precipitation is very common; it originates from a cloud of ice crystals, too thin to be seen either from the ground or in satellite imagery. It obviously determines a very low accumulation rate. It is important to understand the distribution of atmospheric precipitation and snowfall over the continent in order to evaluate the mass balance of snow deposition and possible global sea-level variations, to study past climates through the analysis of ice cores, and to estimate the deposition rate of persistent airborne pollutants.
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5 kg m–2 (Connolley and King 1993). Data from radiosondes have been used to estimate the transport of water vapour across the coast of East Antarctica (Bromwich 1990). e. through the area between the Ross Ice Shelf and the Antarctic Peninsula (Bromwich et al. 1995). This sector has the largest interannual moisture variability in Antarctica, particularly in conjunction with the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon (Trenberth and Hoar 1996). Imagery from geostationary and polar orbiting satellites shows that the area of the Southern Ocean near 60°S is the cloudiest place in the Southern Hemisphere (about 85–90 % cloud cover throughout the year).