Dataset Information
Alkanes in Firn Air Samples, Antarctica and Greenland
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Aydin, M. et al. (2011) "Alkanes in Firn Air Samples, Antarctica and Greenland" U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) Data Center. doi:
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This data set contains ethane, propane, and n-butane measurements in firn air from the South Pole and the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide in Antarctica, and from Summit, Greenland. The WAIS Divide and South Pole samples were collected in December to January of of 2005/06 and 2008/09, respectively. The Summit firn was sampled in the summer of 2006. Analyses were conducted on a gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS) system at the University of California, Irvine. Measurements and the associated uncertainties are reported as dry air molar mixing ratios in part per trillion (ppt). The reported measurements for each sampling depth represent a mean of multiple measurements on more than one flask in most cases. Data are available via FTP in Microsoft Excel (.xls) format.
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USAP-DC (current) - NSIDC (original)
Spatial Extent(s)
West: -38.3833, East: -38.3833, South: 72.5833, North: 72.5833
West: 0, East: 0, South: -90, North: -90
West: 112.09, East: 112.09, South: -79.47, North: -79.47
Temporal Extent(s)
Start: 2008-12-01 - End: 2009-01-31
Start: 2006-06-01 - End: 2006-09-01
Start: 2005-12-01 - End: 2006-01-31
  1. Battle, M. et al. 1996. Atmospheric Gas Concentrations over the Past Century Measured in Air from Firn at the South Pole. Nature 383, 231-235. (doi:10.1038/383231a0)
  2. Aydin, M., M. B. Williams, and E. S. Saltzman. 2007. Feasibility of Reconstructing Paleoatmospheric Records of Selected Alkanes, Methyl Halides, and Sulfur Gases from Greenland Ice Cores. J. Geophys. Res., 112, D07312, (doi:10.1029/2006JD008027)
  3. Aydin, M., Verhulst, K.R., Saltzman, E.S., Battle, M.O., Montzka, S.A., Blake, D.R., Tang, Q. and Prather, M.J. 2011. Recent decreases in fossil-fuel emissions of ethane and methane derived from firn air. Nature, 476, p. 198-201. doi: 10.1038/nature10352. (doi:10.1038/nature10352)
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