ACE-1 Highlights

The first Aerosol Characterization Experiment (ACE-1) of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project (IGAC) was successfully completed on 15 December 1995. The goal of ACE-1 was to document the chemical, physical, and radiative properties and determine the controlling processes of the aerosol in the remote marine atmosphere. The experiment involved the efforts of over 100 research scientists from 11 countries and included coordinated measurements from the NCAR C-130 aircraft, the NOAA research vessel Discoverer, the Australia fisheries research vessel Southern Surveyor, and land based stations at Cape Grim and Macquarie Island, Australia.

Initial highlights of the experimental results include:

The first ACE-1 data workshop is scheduled for 24-28 June 1996 to review preliminary results from the experiment and to integrate the combined data set. The understanding gained in ACE-1 will be used to study progressively more complex environments. ACE-2 will extend these studies to the North Atlantic Ocean and focus on the anthropogenic aerosols from the European continent and desert dust from the African continent.

Further information on ACE-1 can be obtained from:

Dr. Timothy Bates (206-526-6248,

ACE-1 Highlights 1/24/96