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Measurement of time and space structure of atmospheric planetary waves in the polar mesosphere from Scott Base, South Pole Station and collaboration with other countries
Entry ID: K055_1982_2008_NZ_1

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Abstract: The regular heating and cooling of the atmosphere drives energetic weather systems near the earth's surface. Some of this energy is propagated upwards into the middle atmosphere in a variety of wave modes, including the regular 12 hour and 24 hour tidal motion. Unlike ocean tides, which are driven by the gravitational forces of the sun and moon, the atmospheric tides are driven by the sun's daily ... View entire text
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -77.85   S: -77.85   E: 166.75   W: 166.75
Min Altitude: 40 KM Max Altitude: 100 KM

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1982-11-01
Quality This data set goes back to the 1980s and was primarily the work of Dr Graeme Fraser and Dr Andreas von Biel. The recording equipment over the years has been serviced and upgraded periodically. Gaps may exist in some of the data set.

Polarimeter data was collected in a format which required an algorithm to transform the results into usable data. A ... View entire text
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Data Center
Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: s.gordon at
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 364 2987
Email: g.fraser at
Contact Address:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Canterbury,
Private Bag 4800
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
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Hernandez, G. Smith, R.W. Fraser, G.J. Jones, W.L. Large-scale waves in the upper-mesosphere at Antarctic high-latitudes. Geophysical research letters 19(13): 1347-1350, 1992.

Fraser, G.J. Hernandez, G. Smith, R.W. Eastward-moving 2-4 day waves in the winter Antarctic mesosphere. Geophysical research letters 20(15): 1547-1550, 1993.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-01-30
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23