The Italian Meteo-Climatological Observatory in Antarctica: Snow Accumulation Measurements by means of an Automatic Weather Station Network
Entry ID: Meteo_Clim_Observ_snow

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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.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -73.6   S: -73.6   E: 160.6   W: 160.6
Min Altitude: 1900M Max Altitude: 1900M
  N: -75.5   S: -75.5   E: 145.8   W: 145.8
Min Altitude: 2200M Max Altitude: 2200M
  N: -71.6   S: -71.6   E: 148.7   W: 148.7
Min Altitude: 2000M Max Altitude: 2000M

Data Set Citation
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1987-01-01
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
Originating Center
Data Center
Meteo-Climatological Observatory, Programma Nazionale di Richerche in Antartide, Italy Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +39-06-30484165
Fax: +39-06-30484893
Email: andrea.pellegrini at
Contact Address:
PNRA/C.R. Casaccia
Sacco postale N. 123
S. P. Anguillarese, 301
City: S. Maria di Galeria (Roma)
Postal Code: 00060
Country: Italy
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.
135-149, 1996.

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
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-02-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2005-07-26
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