Sea ice Environmental Research Facility SERF Drone Maddie Harasyn

Sea ice Environmental Research Facility

Scientific objectives

Experiments are guided by two core scientific objectives:

  • To grow sea ice under controlled conditions and with various tracers for the study of its growth, properties, and roles in biogeochemical cycling of contaminants and greenhouse gases
  • To integrate such process-oriented mesocosm-scale studies with field-based studies in support of modeling and scaling initiatives to better understand and predict the sea ice environment under a changing climate

Instrumentation and sensors

  • Meteorological sensors at various heights (e.g T, P, RH, wind speed/direction, PAR)
  • L- and C-band polarimetric scatterometers and LiDAR
  • Real-time and high resolution T, S, SO, pCO2 sensors across ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interface
  • Real-time measurements of tropospheric mercury speciation (GEM, RGM, and HgP)
  • On-site trailer laboratory for pH, alkalinity, DIC, DOC, TC/TN measurements
  • On-campus laboratories with cold rooms, Class 100 clean rooms, LA/LC-ICP-MS, CVAFS, LC/GC, XRD, and SEM, among many other instruments and field equipment

Principal Investigators

  • Dr. Fei Wang
  • Dr. David Barber
  • Dr. Tim Papakyriakou
  • Dr. Søren Rysgaard
  • Dr. Gary Stern
  • Dr. Dustin Isleifson

Funding and support

SERF is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund, the University of Manitoba, ArcticNet and the Canada Excellence Research Chair Program. Projects are led by Drs. Fei Wang, Tim Papakyriakou, David Barber, and Soren Rysgaard.

Contact Us

Centre for Earth Observation Science
#30 Service Road 2 S.W.
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2M6 Canada