2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Antarctic automatic weather station program
Dr. Matthew Lazzara
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
The Antarctic Automatic Weather Station (AWS) network has been making meteorological observations since the early 1980s. This continent-wide network is positioned to observe significant meteorological events and increase understanding of the Antarctic surface climate, helping researchers observe and learn about the Antarctic in a warming world. Numerous studies of surface climatology in regions around the continent, like the Ross Ice Shelf, have been possible because of the long duration of the AWS project and regular AWS maintenance. This AWS-based climatology also aids in other studies such as winter warming events.
Field Season Overview
The team will visit and repair AWS stations that develop problems during the Austral winter and as needed throughout the deployment. Specific location details include: (1) West Antarctic sites based out of WAIS Divide; (2) Ross Ice Shelf work: vehicle and rigger support at Alexander Tall Tower!; (3) Ross Island sites including Williams Field, Phoenix Airfield, and Windless Bight using ground transportation; (4) South Pole access to Henry and Nico stations. Helicopter support will be required to access Capes Bird and Lorne, Marble Point, Minna Bluff, and White Island for local software updates. One McMurdo Station research associate (RA) provides support year around.
Deploying Team Members