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MarineIce SIGNED

Ice Nucleating Particles in the Marine Atmosphere

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Project "MarineIce" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LEEDS
postcode: LS2 9JT

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 2˙681˙881 €
 EC max contribution 2˙681˙881 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-01   to  2020-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS UK (LEEDS) coordinator 2˙681˙881.00


 Project objective

The formation of ice in clouds is fundamentally important to life on our planet since clouds play a key role in climate and the hydrological cycle. Despite the significance of ice formation, our quantitative understanding of sources, properties, mode of action and transport of Ice-Nucleating Particles (INP) is poor. In order to improve our representation of clouds in models we need to understand the ice-nucleating ability of all major aerosol types, including those from the world’s oceans.

Despite oceans covering over 70% of the planet and sea spray being one of the dominant aerosol types in the atmosphere, its role in the formation of ice in clouds remains poorly understood. There are strong indications that biological organic components of sea spray can nucleate ice, but there is a lack of data to quantify it. In contrast, the ice-nucleating ability of major aerosol species from terrestrial sources, such as mineral dusts or bacteria, has received significant attention over the past few decades. A similar effort now needs to be made to understand marine INP. The key limitation to accurately representing INP in models over the world’s oceans is the lack of field data, a deficiency which I intend to address during this ERC fellowship.

I propose to develop and deploy a new semi-autonomous INP instrument based on novel microfluidics technology which will cover the full range of mixed phase cloud conditions, unlike existing instruments. It will be housed in a unique highly instrumented mobile laboratory, which will allow us to access the remote oceans from atmospheric observatories and research ships. The data from these campaigns will be used to constrain the oceanic INP source and define the spatial and temporal distribution of marine INP in a state-of-the-art global aerosol model. In combination, these activities will allow us to quantify this potentially important source of INP which is needed to underpin the next generation of weather and climate models.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 James D. Atkinson, Benjamin J. Murray, Daniel O’Sullivan
Rate of Homogenous Nucleation of Ice in Supercooled Water
published pages: 6513-6520, ISSN: 1089-5639, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b03843
The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 120/33 2019-04-19
2018 Alexander D. James, James S. A. Brooke, Thomas P. Mangan, Thomas F. Whale, John M. C. Plane, Benjamin J. Murray
Nucleation of nitric acid hydrates in polar stratospheric clouds by meteoric material
published pages: 4519-4531, ISSN: 1680-7324, DOI: 10.5194/acp-18-4519-2018
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18/7 2019-04-19
2017 Thomas F. Whale, Mark A. Holden, Alexander N. Kulak, Yi-Yeoun Kim, Fiona C. Meldrum, Hugo K. Christenson, Benjamin J. Murray
The role of phase separation and related topography in the exceptional ice-nucleating ability of alkali feldspars
published pages: 31186-31193, ISSN: 1463-9076, DOI: 10.1039/c7cp04898j
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 19/46 2019-04-19
2018 Jesús Vergara-Temprado, Mark A. Holden, Thomas R. Orton, Daniel O\'Sullivan, Nsikanabasi S. Umo, Jo Browse, Carly Reddington, María Teresa Baeza-Romero, Jenny M. Jones, Amanda Lea-Langton, Alan Williams, Ken S. Carslaw, Benjamin J. Murray
Is Black Carbon an Unimportant Ice-Nucleating Particle in Mixed-Phase Clouds?
published pages: 4273-4283, ISSN: 2169-897X, DOI: 10.1002/2017JD027831
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 123/8 2019-04-19
2018 H. C. Price, K. J. Baustian, J. B. McQuaid, A. Blyth, K. N. Bower, T. Choularton, R. J. Cotton, Z. Cui, P. R. Field, M. Gallagher, R. Hawker, A. Merrington, A. Miltenberger, R. R. Neely III, S. T. Parker, P. D. Rosenberg, J. W. Taylor, J. Trembath, J. Vergara-Temprado, T. F. Whale, T. W. Wilson, G. Young, B. J. Murray
Atmospheric Ice-Nucleating Particles in the Dusty Tropical Atlantic
published pages: 2175-2193, ISSN: 2169-897X, DOI: 10.1002/2017JD027560
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 123/4 2019-04-19
2016 Thomas Koop, Benjamin J. Murray
A physically constrained classical description of the homogeneous nucleation of ice in water
published pages: 211915, ISSN: 0021-9606, DOI: 10.1063/1.4962355
The Journal of Chemical Physics 145/21 2019-04-19
2017 T. P. Mangan, J. D. Atkinson, J. W. Neuberg, D. O’Sullivan, T. W. Wilson, T. F. Whale, L. Neve, N. S. Umo, T. L. Malkin, B. J. Murray
Heterogeneous Ice Nucleation by Soufriere Hills Volcanic Ash Immersed in Water Droplets
published pages: e0169720, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169720
PLOS ONE 12/1 2019-04-19
2017 T.P. Mangan, C.G. Salzmann, J.M.C. Plane, B.J. Murray
CO 2 ice structure and density under Martian atmospheric conditions
published pages: 201-208, ISSN: 0019-1035, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2017.03.012
Icarus 294 2019-04-19
2017 Josephine Y. Aller, JoAnn C. Radway, Wendy P. Kilthau, Dylan W. Bothe, Theodore W. Wilson, Robert D. Vaillancourt, Patricia K. Quinn, Derek J. Coffman, Benjamin J. Murray, Daniel A. Knopf
Size-resolved characterization of the polysaccharidic and proteinaceous components of sea spray aerosol
published pages: 331-347, ISSN: 1352-2310, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.01.053
Atmospheric Environment 154 2019-04-19
2017 Victoria E. Irish, Pablo Elizondo, Jessie Chen, Cédric Chou, Joannie Charette, Martine Lizotte, Luis A. Ladino, Theodore W. Wilson, Michel Gosselin, Benjamin J. Murray, Elena Polishchuk, Jonathan P. D. Abbatt, Lisa A. Miller, Allan K. Bertram
Ice-nucleating particles in Canadian Arctic sea-surface microlayer and bulk seawater
published pages: 10583-10595, ISSN: 1680-7324, DOI: 10.5194/acp-17-10583-2017
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17/17 2019-04-19
2017 T.P. Mangan, V.L. Frankland, B.J. Murray, J.M.C. Plane
The fate of meteoric metals in ice particles: Effects of sublimation and energetic particle bombardment
published pages: 143-149, ISSN: 1364-6826, DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.07.002
Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 161 2019-04-19
2018 Thomas F. Whale, Mark A. Holden, Theodore W. Wilson, Daniel O\'Sullivan, Benjamin J. Murray
The enhancement and suppression of immersion mode heterogeneous ice-nucleation by solutes
published pages: 4142-4151, ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/c7sc05421a
Chemical Science 9/17 2019-04-19
2018 D. O’Sullivan, M. P. Adams, M. D. Tarn, A. D. Harrison, J. Vergara-Temprado, G. C. E. Porter, M. A. Holden, A. Sanchez-Marroquin, F. Carotenuto, T. F. Whale, J. B. McQuaid, R. Walshaw, D. H. P. Hedges, I. T. Burke, Z. Cui, B. J. Murray
Contributions of biogenic material to the atmospheric ice-nucleating particle population in North Western Europe
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-31981-7
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-04-19
2016 Hannah C. Price, Johan Mattsson, Benjamin J. Murray
Sucrose diffusion in aqueous solution
published pages: 19207-19216, ISSN: 1463-9076, DOI: 10.1039/c6cp03238a
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18/28 2019-04-19
2018 Mark D. Tarn, Sebastien N. F. Sikora, Grace C. E. Porter, Daniel O’Sullivan, Mike Adams, Thomas F. Whale, Alexander D. Harrison, Jesús Vergara-Temprado, Theodore W. Wilson, Jung-uk Shim, Benjamin J. Murray
The study of atmospheric ice-nucleating particles via microfluidically generated droplets
published pages: , ISSN: 1613-4982, DOI: 10.1007/s10404-018-2069-x
Microfluidics and Nanofluidics 22/5 2019-04-19
2016 Daniel O'Sullivan, Benjamin J. Murray, James F. Ross, Michael E. Webb
The adsorption of fungal ice-nucleating proteins on mineral dusts: a terrestrial reservoir of atmospheric ice-nucleating particles
published pages: 7879-7887, ISSN: 1680-7324, DOI: 10.5194/acp-16-7879-2016
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16/12 2019-04-19
2017 Benjamin J. Murray
Cracking the problem of ice nucleation
published pages: 346-347, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aam5320
Science 355/6323 2019-04-19
2016 Alexander D. Harrison, Thomas F. Whale, Michael A. Carpenter, Mark A. Holden, Lesley Neve, Daniel O'Sullivan, Jesus Vergara Temprado, Benjamin J. Murray
Not all feldspars are equal: a survey of ice nucleating propertiesacross the feldspar group of minerals
published pages: 10927-10940, ISSN: 1680-7324, DOI: 10.5194/acp-16-10927-2016
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16/17 2019-04-19
2018 Jesús Vergara-Temprado, Annette K. Miltenberger, Kalli Furtado, Daniel P. Grosvenor, Ben J. Shipway, Adrian A. Hill, Jonathan M. Wilkinson, Paul R. Field, Benjamin J. Murray, Ken S. Carslaw
Strong control of Southern Ocean cloud reflectivity by ice-nucleating particles
published pages: 2687-2692, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1721627115
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115/11 2019-04-19
2017 Jesús Vergara-Temprado, Benjamin J. Murray, Theodore W. Wilson, Daniel O'Sullivan, Jo Browse, Kirsty J. Pringle, Karin Ardon-Dryer, Allan K. Bertram, Susannah M. Burrows, Darius Ceburnis, Paul J. DeMott, Ryan H. Mason, Colin D. O'Dowd, Matteo Rinaldi, Ken S. Carslaw
Contribution of feldspar and marine organic aerosols to global ice nucleating particle concentrations
published pages: 3637-3658, ISSN: 1680-7324, DOI: 10.5194/acp-17-3637-2017
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17/5 2019-04-19

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