North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO) Weather and Radiation Buoy Data, 2002-2004
Entry ID: ARCSS127

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Abstract: This data set includes in situ air pressure, wind, temperature, longwave radiation, and shortwave radiation measurements. Data were recorded from 27 April 2002 through 24 April 2004 by weather stations and radiometers on drifting buoys near the North Pole that were deployed by the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL). A lack of solar energy, which is needed to power the radiometer ... View entire text
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 89.17   S: 67.28   E: 76.48   W: -26.13
  N: 88.52   S: 69.49   E: 71.57   W: -21.56

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: J. Morison, K. Aagaard, R. Moritz, M. McPhee, A. Heiberg, and M. Steele
Dataset Title: North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO) Weather and Radiation Buoy Data, 2002-2004
Dataset Release Date: 2005-10-07
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, CO
Dataset Publisher: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2002-04-27
Stop Date: 2003-06-25

Start Date: 2003-04-29
Stop Date: 2004-04-24
Quality Weather Station: If winds were reported as zero for more than a few records, as in December 2002 and January 2003, the researchers assumed the rotor was frozen. Missing data from a weather station are flagged with the value '1.00E+35'. Radiometers: The radiometers were 'cleaned' by a heater and powered from batteries charged by solar panels. The solar panels were not able to charge the batteries after mid-to-late September, causing the radiometers to frost over. Thus, data collected after that time are not reliable. Neither radiometer buoy recorded position information, so the drift track from the weather station buoy applies to each. Missing radiometer data are flagged with the value '-99.9'.
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Data Center
National Snow and Ice Data Center Supplemental Info
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Dataset ID: arcss127

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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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 5 KB to 955 KB. Total volume is 2.85 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII
Phone: +1 (206) 543-1394
Fax: 1+206-616-3142
Email: morison at
Contact Address:
University of Washington
Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory
Polar Science Center
Applied Physics Laboratory
University of Washington
1013 NE 40th Street
City: Seattle
Province or State: WA
Postal Code: 98105
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McPhee, Miles G., T. Kikuchi, J. Morison, and T.P. Stanton. 2003. Ocean-to-ice heat flux at the North Pole environmental observatory. Geophysical Research Letters. V 30-24. 2274.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-07-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-05-11
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