2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

UV measurements at McMurdo Station for the NOAA/Global Monitoring Division (GMD) Antarctic UV network

UV measurements at McMurdo Station for the NOAA/Global Monitoring Division (GMD) Antarctic UV network
O-257-M/S Research Location(s): Arrival Heights


Event Number:
NSF / NOAA agreement

Program Manager:
Dr. Peter Milne

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Elizabeth Kauffman

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. James Hall Butler
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Global Monitoring Division (GMD)
Boulder, Colorado

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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: Arrival Heights


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) GMD will continue measurements of ultra-violet (UV) radiation that influences climate and the ozone layer. 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. Measurements will be used for time-series analysis of multi-year data records that focus on stratospheric ozone depletion; trans-Antarctic transport and deposition; interplay of trace-gas aerosols with polar-plateau solar and terrestrial radiation fluxes; the magnitude of seasonal and temporal variations in greenhouse gases; and the development of polar stratospheric clouds over Antarctica.

Field Season Overview

At McMurdo Station, the research associate (RA) will support the instrument at Arrival Heights with daily checks, routine calibrations, and troubleshooting.

Deploying Team Members

  • John Booth
  • Cherisa Friedlander
  • Benjamin Kaiser
  • Sabrina Shemet
  • Patrick Sheridan