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Monthly Summaries of Soil Temperature and Soil Moisture at Oil Contamination Sites in Antarctica
Entry ID: GGD626

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Abstract: To determine the effects of oil spills on soil temperature and moisture, soil climate stations were built at existing contamination sites -- Scott Base, Marble Point, Bull Pass, and nearby control sites in the Ross Sea Region, Antarctica. Sensors recorded soil temperature, soil moisture, air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, net radiation, wind speed, and wind direction. Data extend from January 1999 through December 2001. Data from individual stations are available in tab-delimited ASCII text files. An Excel spreadsheet contains the same data compiled together in a single file. NSIDC currently provides these summary data via ftp; the full soil temperature and moisture data set is available from Ron Paetzold, USDA.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -77.45   S: -77.98   E: 166.78   W: 161.88

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Paetzold, R., ed.
Dataset Title: Monthly Summaries of Soil Temperature and Soil Moisture at Oil Contamination Sites in Antarctica
Dataset Series Name: GGD626
Dataset Release Date: 2003-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1999-01-21
Stop Date: 2001-12-31
Data Center
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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 Format: Microsoft Excel

Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)
Phone: 402-437-4133
Fax: 402-437-5336
Email: ron.paetzold at
Contact Address:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Federal Building, Rm. 152
City: Lincoln
Province or State: NE
Postal Code: 68508
Country: USA
Balks, M.R., R.F. Paetzold, J.M. Kimble, J. Aislabie, and I.B. Campbell. 2002. Effects of hydrocarbon spills on the temperature and moisture regimes of cryosols in the Ross Sea region. Antarctic Science 14(4): 319-326.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18