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Decadal-Length Composite West Antarctic Air Temperature Records
Entry ID: NSIDC-0097

Abstract: This data set includes daily, monthly, and yearly mean surface air temperatures for four interior West Antarctic sites between 1978 and 1997. Data include air surface temperatures measured at the Byrd, Lettau, Lynn, and Siple Station automatic weather stations. In addition, because weather stations in Antarctica are difficult to maintain, and resulting multi-decade records are often incomplete, ... View entire text
Related URL
Description: Automated Weather Station Project Web site

Description: Access to NSIDC's SSM/I Daily Polar Gridded Brightness Temperatures
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -74.21   S: -74.21   E: 160.41   W: 160.41
  N: -75.9   S: -75.9   E: -84.0   W: -84.0
  N: -80.01   S: -80.01   E: -119.4   W: -119.4
  N: -82.52   S: -82.52   E: -174.45   W: -174.45

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Christopher Shuman, Charles Stearns
Dataset Title: Decadal-Length Composite West Antarctic Air Temperature Records
Dataset Release Date: 2006-11-28
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1978-10-25
Stop Date: 1997-12-31
Data Set Progress
Data Center
NSIDC Antarctic Glaciological Data Center Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Phone: 301-614-5706
Fax: 301-614-5644
Email: Christopher.A.Shuman at
Contact Address:
Cryospheric Sciences Branch
Code 614.1
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
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Maslanik, J.A., J.R. Key, and R.G. Barry. 1989. Merging AVHRR and SMMR data for remote sensing of ice and cloud in polar regions. International Journal of Remote Sensing 10:1691-1696. Shuman, C.A., R.B. Alley, S. Anandakrishnan, and C.R. Stearns. 1995. An empirical technique for estimating near-surface air temperatures in central Greenland from SSM/I brightness temperatures. Remote Sensing of the ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-11-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27

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