[Location: Location_Category='CONTINENT', Location_Type='ANTARCTICA', Detailed_Location='TERRA NOVA BAY']
The Italian Meteo-Climatological Observatory in Antarctica: Snow Accumulation Measurements by means of an Automatic Weather Station NetworkEntry ID: Meteo_Clim_Observ_snow
Abstract: A network for snow depth measurements was started with 4 Automatic Weather
Stations in 1987 around Terra Nova Bay (North Victoria Land). It provides
continuous meteo-climatological data and information, according to standard and
reliable procedures, making use of robust methodologies and testing new
procedures. At present, we operate a network of 13 Automatic Weather Stations
working year-round plus 3 working during summer only. Data are achieved,
validated, archived and diffused, and instruments are maintained.
Data Set Citation
Online Resource: http://meteo.pnra.it
Start Date: 1987-01-01
ISO Topic Category
Quality Snow depth sensor is a Campbell Scientific SR50 ultrasonic distance sensor
emitting acoustic pulses and measuring their travel time. Its accuracy is +/-
1.0 cm or +/- 0.4% of distance to target whichever is greater.
Use Constraints Property of the P.I. for 5 years
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: Hard Disk
Distribution Format: PC - DOS - ISO 9660
Fees: Free after 5th year
1. Grigioni P. The Italian Antarctic meteorological observatory: technical
activity and some climatological results. In: Meloni A., Morelli A.(eds)
Italian Geophysical observatories in Antarctica. Ed. Compositori, Bologna pp.
2. Bromwich D.H. and A. Pellegrini (1990): Katabatic wind events during the
summer half-year at Tethys Bay site, Terra Nova Bay. Proc. of the 2nd Workshop
... 'The Italian Research on Antarctic Atmosphere', Porano (Italy), Oct. 1989.SIF
Conf.Proc., 27, p.153.
3. Bromwich D.H., T.R. Parish, A. Pellegrini, C.R. Stearns and G.A. Weidner
(1993): Spatial and temporal characteristics of the intense katabatic winds at
Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica. 'Antarctic Meteorology and Climatolgy: Studies
based on Automatic Weather Stations' Antarctic research Series, Vol. 61, pp.4
4. Pellegrini A., A.M. Della Vedova, P. Grigioni and R. De Silvestri (1997):
Meteorological Conditions during Snowfall at Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica . In
The Oceanography of the Ross Sea, G. Manzella and G. Spezie Eds.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-02-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2005-07-26