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POLARCAT Data and SPAC II Workshop

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The first POLARCAT data workshop bringing together all project participants will be held from 2-5 June, 2009 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hamsphire.

When 2009-06-02 09:55 to
2009-06-05 17:00
Where Durham, New Hampshire, USA
Contact Name Jack Dibb
Contact Email
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The workshop is being hosted by the the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS). Organizing bodies include the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) with sponsorship from the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Program, the Clean Air Task Force (CATF), and the Taskforce on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (HTAP) and iLEAPS.

Purpose of the Workshop

The workshop is being organized in order to bring together participants from all of the POLARCAT campaigns. We anticipate representative presentations from each of the campaigns and ground-based activities. While within individual campaigns much data analysis is being conducted, through the workshop we hope to increase awareness of common activities where improved analysis and interpretation of results may be achieved through data sharing and cooperation.

Additionally, as the work of the POLARCAT activities is highly relevant to the Short lived Pollutants and Arctic Climate Workshops (SPAC), the latter portion of the meeting will be dedicated to those analyses which increase our common understanding of processes driving rapid climate change in the Arctic and toward understanding what immediate actions have the greatest potential benefit toward reducing anthropogenic impacts in the Arctic.


The agenda is only indicative at this stage and will be changed as required, depending on abstract
submissions and discussions between sub-project leaders.

NOTE: Breakfast will be served at 08:00 in Holloway Commons



Tuesday, 9 a.m.

Tuesday, 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
Session 1: Transport processes

Tuesday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Session 2: Aerosol radiative effects in the Arctic

Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m
Session 3: Biomass burning and its effects on the Arctic

Wednesday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.        
Session 4: Composition and chemistry of the Arctic troposphere
Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Session 5: Models and satellite data during POLARCAT

Thursday, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Discussion on POLARCAT special issue(s) and overview paper(s)

Thursday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Discussion 1: What have we learned from POLARCAT on atmospheric transport, composition and chemistry?

Thursday, 7 p.m.               
Workshop dinner (sponsored)

Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Discussion 2: What are the key findings regarding Arctic climate change?

Friday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Discussion 3: How can POLARCAT provide support the SPAC policy initiative? What are the issues of broader interest for IGAC, HTAP, etc.

Friday, 4 p.m.
End of workshop

Workshop Registration

There are two steps to registration. The first is to register for the workshop, then you will be provided a link for the hotel registration. Please have the following information available:

  • Name and contact information
  • Title of presentation, co-authors, and co-author affiliations
  • Information relevant to the POLARCAT project you are representing
  • Credit card information for the hotel registration.

Once you are prepared, register for the POLARCAT workshop:  (NOW CLOSED)

Click here for Workshop Registration

The hotel registration link is provided at the end of the workshop registration process, but also provided here for reference:

  Click here for Hotel Registration

Some information to aid in your travel/housing decisions:

Venue / Hotel

The meeting will be held in the Holloway Commons (Squamscott Room) at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. Blocks of rooms have been organized through the University Conference Center.

Rooms: We have reserved dormitory, single occupancy rooms for participants at a special rate of $38/night with a one-time linen fee of $33 and a booking fee of $10. The cost for four nights is $195. The rooms have shared baths, similar to the Canadian and Greenland dorms occupied during the summer campaigns. We strongly encourage participants to utilize the reserved rooms as we have reserved a large block of rooms. If required, there are alternative hotels available nearby (without any special rates) in Durham, and a number of Bed & Breakfast Inns.

Meals: Coffee and snacks will be provided during the plenary session. Dinners will be supported by participants. A reception on Tuesday night and dinner on Wednesday night will be organized, where those joining will be expected to pay their own way.

Travel Support

IGAC has made available limited funds for (partial) support for travel to the workshop. As these funds are limited, we ask that only those who absolutely need support in order to attend the workshop apply. The distribution of this support will be decided by the organizers based on the applications received. Preference will be given to those attending both the POLARCAT workshop and the follow-on SPAC workshop. Please have your application/request in to the organizers by 1 April 2009


There are several alternatives regarding travel. For those traveling internationally Boston Logan Airport (BOS) will most likely provide the most direct connection. Alternatively, many carriers now fly to Manchester (MHT) airport in New Hampshire.

The Area

Durham is located on the New Hampshire coast between Massachusetts and Maine. There is a wide variety of activities avaible in this area during June. For more information, visit the following pages:

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Pease Air Force Base / Portsmouth, NH, United States

Directions to Squamscott Room and University of New Hampshire

General Travel Information


Logan International Airport, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is approximately one hour and one-half hours from Durham, New Hampshire. Information for the airport is located on their web site at

Manchester Airport, located in Manchester, New Hampshire, is approximately one hour form Durham. General airport information can be located at


The Hampton Shuttle serves Logan and Manchester Airports. Please visit their website at for general information and rates. Reservations can be made by calling 800-225-6426 or 603-659-9893 (for local and international calls). The one-way rate is $70 from Logan Airport or Manchester Airport to Durham, NH before 10:30pm.

Flight Line, Inc offers door-to-door transportation from Manchester Airport and Logan Airport to Durham, NH by calling 800-245-2525 or 603-893-8254 (for local and international calls). Advance reservations can be made on line at . Please make reservations 24 hours before your trip to guarantee a van. Vans depart Logan Airport every half hour. A shared van from Logan Airport to Durham, NH costs about $100-$130 depending on number of people. A shared van from Manchester Airport to Durham, NH costs about $80-$110 depending on the number of people.

Regal Limousine is available door-to-door from Logan Airport and Manchester Airport directly to Durham, New Hampshire. Advance reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling 800-709-3500 o by visiting their web site at The Sedan pick-up rate is around $145 one-way from Logan Airport to Durham, NH. The Sedan pick-up rate is around $135 from Manchester Airport to Durham, NH.

Taxi Service

Blue Star Taxi is a division of Regal Limousine Service. The phone number is 603-436-2744. Blue Star Taxi is based out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Some updates regarding the train (~$20USD Boston-Durham). NOTE: it does not depart from the Boston airport and so first requires a taxi ride from the airport to the train station  (South Station; ~$15USD). A further taxi is likely required from Durham to campus.

If you are still wanting to try America's Railway:
Amtrak has a direct service from Boston, 6x daily, costs $18 and takes 1h20min, and arrives directly at UNH campus.
Check the Amtrak website, look for travel between the Maine North Station (BON) and Durham (DHM). You want to book a ticket on the "Downeaster" Line #687.

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