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Low temperature Antarctic Automatic Weather Stations
Entry ID: AWS_East_Antarctica_VDBroeke_IPY152_NL

Abstract: During the International Polar Year (IPY, 2007-2009), several ground traverses penetrated the remote interior plateau of East Antarctica to search (among other things) for the oldest ice chronology on Earth. One of those traverses connected the Norwegian Troll station to Amundsen-Scott South Pole station, via the former Plateau station and the pole of inaccessibility. This offered a unique ... View entire text

Purpose: Because of their wide range of applications, Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) play a crucial role in modern Antarctic climate research. Since 1995, the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU) has successfully operated AWS at nine Antarctic sites in Dronning Maud Land and on Berkner Island. Apart from the 'standard' meteorological variables pressure, temperature and wind, these AWS also measure humidity, shortwave and longwave radiation, snow temperatures at five depths and snow accumulation. This has yielded unique datasets of climate and mass balance of the various Antarctic climate zones (coastal, katabatic and interior).
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Description: Two low-temperature AWS's in interior East Antarctica
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -78.0   S: -83.0   E: 55.0   W: 35.0
Min Altitude: 3619 M Max Altitude: 3732 M
Min Depth: 0 M Max Depth: 1 M

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Prof. dr. M.R. van den Broeke
Dataset Title: Low temperature Antarctic AWS
Dataset Series Name: Weather station data of interior plateau of East Antarctica
Dataset Release Date: 2006-06-01T00:00:00.000Z
Dataset Release Place: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Dataset Publisher: IMAU, Utrecht University
Version: Not provided
Data Presentation Form: text files
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2006-06-01
Stop Date: 2011-06-30
Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: 1 hr
Quality All data is calibrated and checked for outliers. The relative humidity data is corrected for measurements over ice conditions. Note that the temperature sensors are located in non-ventilated housing and sensitive to excess heating due to solar radiation (a description for correction procedure is available).
Access Constraints No constraints
Use Constraints Contact the author / data center to request data
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Data Center
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Physics and Astronomy Department, Utrecht University Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +31 30 253 2815
Fax: +31 30 254 3163
Email: c.j.p.p.smeets at
Contact Address:
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU)
Utrecht University
P.O. Box 80.000
City: Utrecht
Postal Code: 3508 TA
Country: The Netherlands
Distribution Media: Email or ftp server
Distribution Format: Text or Excel files
Fees: No fees apply
Phone: +31 30 253 3169
Fax: +31 30 254 3163
Email: m.r.vandenbroeke at
Contact Address:
Utrecht University
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research
PO Box 80 005
City: Utrecht
Postal Code: 3508 TA
Country: The Netherlands
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-02-22
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-11-08