Progress in Antarctic meteorology



A symposium on Progress in Antarctic Meteorology took place at the IUGG XVII General Assembly, Canberra, Australia, December 4–6, 1979. It has indeed shown the progress that has been made in Antarctic meteorology in the past few years. The emphasis was on atmospheric chemistry and precipitation, with a total of 12 of 26 papers dealing with that subject. The problem of precipitation is an old one in polar regions. Its understanding has been advanced significantly by new methods of collecting and measuring. Precipitation is one of the mechanisms studied by both meteorologists and glaciologists, and the deposition of particles and the inclusion of gases in the ice sheet is another. It is from the study of ice core composition that atmospheric chemistry has received its recent stimulus, and continued drilling will call for more investigations of this kind.