2017-2018 USAP Field Season
UV measurements at McMurdo Station for the NOAA/Global Monitoring Division (GMD) Antarctic UV network
Dr. James Hall Butler
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) GMD will continue long-term measurements of ultra-violet (UV) radiation that influences climate and the ozone layer. The McMurdo Station work is in conjunction with ongoing worldwide measurements of carbon dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide, aerosols, water vapor, surface and stratospheric ozone, chlorofluorocarbons, and the ozone layer. The measurements will be used for time-series analysis of multi-year data focusing on stratospheric ozone depletion; trans-Antarctic transport and deposition; interplay of the trace-gases aerosols with the solar and terrestrial radiation fluxes on the polar plateau; the magnitude of seasonal and temporal variations in greenhouse gases; and the development of polar stratospheric clouds over Antarctica.
Field Season Overview
One field team member will spend five days at McMurdo Station servicing the UV instrument located at Arrival Heights. The McMurdo Station research assistant will subsequently support the instrument with daily checks, routine calibrations, and troubleshooting.
Deploying Team Members