2002-2003 Science Planning Summary

Oceans & Climate

Dr. Bernhard Lettau
Program Manager


NSF/OPP 01-26262
Station: McMurdo Station
RPSC POC: Andy Archer
Research Site(s): Byrd Surface Camp, USCG icebreaker, other AWS locations, CSEC, Siple Dome Camp

Antarctic Meteorological Research Center (AMRC)
Dr. Charles R. Stearns
University of Wisconsin Madison
Space Science and Engineering Center/AMRC

Research Objectives: The Antarctic Meteorological Research Center (AMRC) was created in 1992 to improve access to meteorological data from the Antarctic. The AMRC’s mission is to conduct research in observational meteorology and the stewardship of meteorological data, along with providing data and expert assistance to the antarctic community to support research and operations. The AMRC continues to fulfill its mission this season by:

- Maintain and expanding the long-term record of all meteorological data on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and make these data available to the scientific community for multidisciplinary use. Special attention is given to obtaining data not normally or readily available by other means.

- Generating satellite products, including but not limited to antarctic composite imagery, and expand and improve on them as much as possible

- Conducting research in observational meteorology especially with regard to climatological analyses and case studies

Conducting and expanding educational and public outreach activities associated with antarctic meteorology and related fields.

Using available meteorological interactive processing software and other standard computing tools, the research team will collect data from all available sources for processing, archiving, and distribution.

The mission of the AMRC not only includes the opportunity to advance the knowledge of antarctic meteorology, but with the free availability of its data holdings, the AMRC gives others the opportunity to advance the frontiers of all antarctic science. Continuing educational outreach activities on meteorology and the Antarctic, an important component of this work, have the potential to raise the science literacy of the general public, as well as the level of K-12 science education.

Field Season Overview:
The project team member plans to work in McMurdo Station's Crary Science and Engineering Center (Crary Lab) and at McMurdo Weather Operations (Mac Weather) to upgrade the data reception and processing capabilities of the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center (AMRC). He will also work with support contractor personnel to upgrade the AMRC tape-archiving system. The support contractor will provide assistance in collecting, viewing, measuring and photographing fog droplets in support of AMRC's effort to detect fog using satellite-mounted instruments.