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November 2017

Atmosphere-Ocean Exchange of Volatile Compounds in the Canadian Arctic

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This article was co-written by Charel Wohl and his supervisor Mingxi Yang (miya@pml.ac.uk) in acknowledgement of their BEIS funded research project.

My PhD student (Mr. Charel Wohl) and I installed a highly sensitive mass spectrometer (proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometer) on the CCGS Amundsen in May 2017 when the ship was in port in Quebec City, Canada. Charel joined the expedition on board of the Amundsen in early July 2017 for Leg 2b, which will finish in mid August 2017. He has been able to successfully detect several organic compounds in the Arctic waters as well as in the atmosphere, including alcohols, acetone, acetaldehyde, dimethyl sulfide, and isoprene. Charel has also been helping Profs’ Else and Papakyriakou’s teams with collections of seawater samples for carbonate chemistry analysis, as well as assisting their measurements of air-sea carbon dioxide fluxes by the eddy covariance method


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From Wrinkles to Jaffa Cakes

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After a ramshackle journey on the London underground I stumbled out into the streets of Westminster. Having abandoned my goggles and lab coat in Norwich; I tried to suppress the feeling of being a small girl dressed in her mother’s work clothes, as I wandered passed the round face of Big Ben and the illustrious Palace of Westminster. I was later to learn that part of this building, Westminster Hall, has seen 1000 years’ worth of British history, including the coronations of countless monarchs and the grizzlier sentences of Guy Fawkes and King Charles I, both drawn and quartered. This did not ease by sense of smallness.
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