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Davis Medium Frequency Middle Atmosphere Radar Winds
Entry ID: Davis_MFSA_Radar

Abstract: This dataset contains wind speed and direction in the middle atmosphere above Davis, Antarctica. The radar runs continuously. Data are collected and stored every two minutes (excluding downtime for maintenance) for heights in the approximate range 50km to 110km at 2km intervals. Analysis of the source data yields parameters describing the strength and character of the radar echo and, when certain ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -68.0   S: -69.0   E: 79.0   W: 78.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Vincent, R. and Murphy, D.
Dataset Title: Davis Medium Frequency Middle Atmosphere Radar Winds
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 1999-10-07
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1994-04-14
Quality Data analysis may or may not yield a full set of attributes. Data acceptance rates vary with height. The radar runs continuously (excluding downtime for maintenance and data transfer). Source data consists of digitised and coherently averaged measurements of the in phase and quadrature signal levels for each of the three receiving antennas and for each range that is sampled. The source data are ... View entire text
Access Constraints Binary data stored in format as defined in 'Atmospheric Radar Systems MF 3 Channel Radar Systems' Software Reference manual V3.2 was collected until 02:46UT on 5 Jan 1998. Binary data stored in 'FCA' format has been collected since 9 Jan 1998. A section describing the Full Correlation Analysis (FCA) format is included in 'ATRAD Radar System Software Reference Manual'.
The code required to read these binary data are available from ATRAD, the radar manufacturers. See for contact details.
Currently data from 1994 onward are available. These data are too large to be downloaded, and are available upon request to the Australian Antarctic Data Centre.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License

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Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 10.8 GB
Fees: free
Phone: +61 8 8303 6125
Email: rvincent at
Contact Address:
University of Adelaide
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Baumgaertner, A.J.G., McDonald, A.J., Hibbens, R.E., Fritts, D.C., Murphy, D.J., Vincent, R.A. (2008), Short-period planetary waves in the Antarctic middle atmosphere, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 70, 1336-1350
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-10-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-10-13