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Dynamics in the Antarctic Atmosphere, Ross Island

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Title: Dynamics in the Antarctic Atmosphere, Ross Island
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Abstract:
The outcomes of SNOW WEB are to develop networked technologies which contribute to improved climate and environmental monitoring in the Ross Sea Region. We want to demonstrate both the scientific and observational benefits derived from an advanced distributed network in understanding the spatial variability of climate parameters. The production of a definitive data set which characterises Antarctic climate is a key research priority globally. However, the current datasets have a number of issues (discussed below) and thus reconstruction schemes are required. These temperature reconstruction schemes ‘data mine’ modern data sources for spatial patterns and interpolate backwards in time. These schemes can use the strengths of satellite (spatial detail) and weather station data (robust quality control and length of record) to produce a high‐resolution historical record. We aim to develop a system that contributes to producing better quality reconstructions and solving some of the issues of existing datasets. The two primary sources of instrumental Antarctic surface atmospheric data are: • Manned and Automated Weather stations • Satellite data Two problems exist with Automated Weather Station (AWS) data. First, the remoteness of many locations in Antarctica means that the distribution of weather stations is heavily biased towards the coast and the position of AWS sites is based on historical details and there are therefore significant spatial sampling issues with this data. The second issue is that the severity of Antarctica weather means that these systems must be very robust to survive the winter. By developing, deploying and analysing data from a spatially distributed wireless network of atmospheric sensors (SNOW WEB) we aim to develop a ‘Proof of Concept’ platform which could mitigate these issues at low cost. Over the 2011 calendar year, we optimized and expanded the ability of the wireless environmental sensor network previously deployed in January 2011. We then field tested, 10 primary nodes and 9 secondary nodes which were deployed in the region bounded by Scott Base, Windless Bight and Room With a View, Ross Island.
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Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 20100119
Ending_Date: Unknown
Currentness_Reference:Unknown
Status:
Progress: In Work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
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West_Bounding_Coordinate: 166.45
East_Bounding_Coordinate: 167.15
North_Bounding_Coordinate: -77.4
South_Bounding_Coordinate: -77.5
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Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD PLATFORM
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Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > AIR TEMPERATURE
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
Theme_Keyword: FIELD INVESTIGATION
Theme_Keyword: FIELD SURVEYS
Theme_Keyword: AWS > AUTOMATED WEATHER SYSTEM
Theme_Keyword: CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
Theme_Keyword: ENGLISH
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Place_Keyword: CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > WINDLESS BIGHT
Place_Keyword: CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > ROSS ISLAND
Place_Keyword: CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
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Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: ADRIAN MCDONALD
Contact_Position: INVESTIGATOR
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Department of Physics and Astronomy
Address: University of Canterbury
Address: Private Bag 4800
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
Contact_Voice_Telephone: +64 3 364 2281
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: +64 3 364 2469
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: a.mcdonald@phys.canterbury.ac.nz
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All data is stored at University of Canterbury. If you require any further information please contact the investigator.
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Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: NZ/NZAI/ANZ > Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand
Contact_Person: CAROLINE MACLAURIN
Contact_Position: DATA CENTER CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Antarctica New Zealand
Address: Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch 8140
Country: New Zealand
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (03) 358 0200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (03) 358 0211
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: c.maclaurin@antarcticanz.govt.nz
Resource_Description: K055_2010_2012_NZ_1
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Network_Resource_Name:
http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/
Access_Instructions:
DATA CENTER URL
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Fees: Not Available
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20120613
Metadata_Review_Date: 20120618
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: GCMD User Support Office
Contact_Organization: NASA Global Change Master Directory
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Not Available
City: Lanham
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20706
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: Not Available
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: gcmduso@gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
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