pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 120, Issue 4, pp 662–672

On the meteorological characteristics of polluted air masses at Barrow, Alaska

  • Wolfgang E. Raatz

DOI: 10.1007/BF00876651

Cite this article as:
Raatz, W.E. PAGEOPH (1982) 120: 662. doi:10.1007/BF00876651


Anthropogenic derived pollution episodes at Barrow, Alaska occur when air masses under anticyclonic influence emanate from the Arctic Basin. The high frequency of above-normal wind speeds and the only slightly above-normal pressures characteristic of these Arctic air masses suggest that pollutants are transported to Barrow along the periphery of the Arctic anticyclone within a zone of rapid transport.

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang E. Raatz
    • 1
  1. 1.Geophysical InstituteUniversity of AlaskaFairbanks