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Daily records of the dynamics, ionization and structure of the Antarctic mesosphere from Scott Base
Entry ID: K055_1982_2003_NZ_1

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Abstract: An investigation into the ionospheric D-region of the atmosphere was initiated in 1982 with the installation of radar equipment (Polarimeter and HF radar) at Scott Base. The radar operated by remote sensing of winds at altitudes of 60-120km. The radar is part of an international global scale radar network for the measurement of prevailing winds, atmospheric waves and atmospheric tides. The purpose ... 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: 1982-01-11
Data Resolution
Vertical Resolution Range: > 1 km
Temporal Resolution: 12 minutes every hour of the day
Temporal Resolution Range: Hourly - < Daily
POLARIMETERS Ancillary Description
Quality This data set goes back to the 1980s and was primarily the work of Drs Andreas von Biel and Dr Graeme Fraser. 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 copy of the results of this data ... View entire text
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Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand Supplemental Info
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Fax: +64 3 358 0211
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Contact Address:
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City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
Email: andreas.vonbiel at
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Von Biel, H.A. Canterbury D-region investigation in Antarctica. New Zealand physicist 1(October): 4, 1978.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-01-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23