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Antarctic Research Series



  • Antarctica—Climate
  • Meteorology—Antarctica
  • Automatic weather stations

Index Terms

  • 3309 Meteorology and Atmospheric Dynamics: Climatology
  • 3329 Meteorology and Atmospheric Dynamics: Mesoscale meteorology
  • 3349 Meteorology and Atmospheric Dynamics: Polar meteorology



Monthly mean climatic data for Antarctic automatic weather stations

C. R. Stearns, L. M. Keller, G. A. Weidner, and M. Sievers

Automatic weather station (AWS) units were installed at remote locations in Antarctica to supplement the few research stations making meteorological observations. Most AWS units were positioned in data sparse regions in support of field experiments. Monthly means and extremes for air pressure, air temperature, wind speed, and wind direction for the AWS sites are available in tabular form. Since data collection in such a hostile environment is difficult, possible errors and/or problems are discussed. Some analysis of the longer-term climatic record is included for specific AWS sites representing different climatic regimes. The data will show that research stations located in protected areas along the coast of Antarctica do not represent the meteorology of the interior of Antarctica. Comparisons made between the automatic weather stations and research stations show that the automatic weather stations do as well as the research stations in measuring air pressure and air temperature.

Citation: Stearns, C. R., L. M. Keller, G. A. Weidner, and M. Sievers (1993), Monthly mean climatic data for Antarctic automatic weather stations, in Antarctic Meteorology and Climatology: Studies Based on Automatic Weather Stations, Antarct. Res. Ser., vol. 61, edited by D. H. Bromwich and C. R. Stearns, pp. 1–21, AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/AR061p0001.

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