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A new generation of meteorological monitoring stations

A new generation of meteorological monitoring stations
Adrian McDonald


McDonald A, Jolly B and Coggins J
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury


There is now an established network of automated weather stations over Antarctica, however coverage is sparse, with many gaps over areas that would prove valuable regions for monitoring. The SNOWWEB project has been designed to fill these gaps, consisting of many low-cost environmental monitoring stations that may be quickly and easily deployed over a small area (a few hundreds of kilometres square) to provide high resolution data in real-time to a base station without any requirements on existing infrastructure. This system is intended for deployment on a 'campaign' basis, each node can be quickly deployed and retrieved at the end of the campaign, ready for re-use the next season. If desired, the base station can be equipped with an internet connection to automatically upload data to a web server that may also be used to monitor and control the stations – for instance modifying the sampling rate to reduce power consumption. SNOWWEB stations are now in their third generation and have been successfully tested in the vicinity of Scott Base for the previous two summer seasons for meteorological applications with wireless inter-node communications successfully relaying more than 99% of data to the base station. Equipped with GPS sensors, each SNOWWEB station is also capable of measuring the velocity of the ice on which it is placed, successfully measuring 2.4 m of movement over 8-days on the McMurdo Ice Shelf to a high degree of accuracy. This presentation will discuss past deployments and future plans.

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