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An Australian autonomous observatory, PLATO at Dome A

Abstract: Metadata record for data from ASAC Project 3137
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -81.0   S: -81.0   E: 77.0   W: 77.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Burton, M.
Dataset Title: An Australian autonomous observatory, PLATO at Dome A
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2011-04-15
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2008-01-27
Stop Date: 2010-12-31
Quality Values provided in temporal coverage are approximate only.

Field work:
A Chinese servicing mission to Dome A took place in January 2009. The Chinese icebreaker, Xuelong, received new instrumentation and supplies at Fremantle, and proceeded to the Chinese Antarctic coastal station of Zhongshan. A 2 week tractor traverse, carrying 500 tonnes of equipment and supplies, then took ... View entire text
Access Constraints Data from the first year of the project are available for download from the provided URL. Copies of two of the publications are available for download only to AAD staff from the provided URL.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License

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Data Set Progress
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: 973 MB
Distribution Format: csv
Fees: Free

Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 808 kb
Distribution Format: pdf
Fees: Free
Phone: +61 2 9385 5618
Fax: +61 2 9385 6060
Email: M.Burton at
Contact Address:
School of Physics
University of New South Wales
City: Sydney
Province or State: NSW
Postal Code: 2052
Country: Australia
Will Saunders, Jon S. Lawrence, John W.V. Storey, Michael C.B. Ashley, Seiji Kato, Pat Minnis, David Winker, Guiping Liu, Craig Kulesa (2009), 'Where is the best site on Earth? Domes A, B, C and F, and Ridges A and B', Publ. Astron. Soc. Pacific, 121, 976-992
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-04-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23