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Turkish scientists start observing Antarctic data on atmospheric particulates

ANTARCTICA - FEBRUARY 27: Seals are seen on floes off Horseshoe Island as the floes melt due to global climate change in Antarctica on February 27, 2022. Turkish scientists, within the scope of the 6th National Antarctic Science Expedition, monitored the global climate change and followed the glaciers that provide the heat balance of the world and decrease every year. ( Şebnem Coşkun - Anadolu Agency )
Seals are seen on floes off Horseshoe Island as the floes melt due to global climate change in Antarctica on February 27, 2022 [Şebnem Coşkun - Anadolu Agency]

Scientists in Turkiye have started to observe data on particulates in the atmosphere above Antarctica, collected via satellite and ground-based systems, one expert said on Friday, Anadolu News Agency reports.

According to geomatic engineer, Mahmut Oguz Selbesoglu, identifying and observing the effects of global climate change is the main aim of the scientists affiliated with Istanbul Technical University and the MAM Polar Research Institute, a centre with the Scientific and Technological Research Institution of Turkiye (TUBITAK).

"We made our first observations during the sixth National Antarctic Science Expedition with the project we carried out in 2021 with the Belarusian Academy of Sciences. We made our observations from the ground using a solar photometer and albedometer," Selbesoglu told Anadolu Agency.

Noting that the expedition had involved a month of observations, he said future studies would yield longer-term data with the establishment of a permanent station on the continent.

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"Right now, we've obtained periodic data. We examined the particulate materials, aerosol optical depths, and albedo values in the atmosphere for a month," he said.

Underlining the importance of observing particulates in Antarctica, he said they would continue observing and comparing data year on year to ensure healthy findings.

The rate of particulates in Antarctica was at the levels they expected based on satellite data, he said, adding that this was a "positive development".

"It is very important to follow them," he said, stressing that evaporation from different parts of the world is transported to Antarctica by the global wind system.

"If we can monitor this transportation, we can follow the levels of carbon emissions in various parts of the world and the damage they cause."

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