7.1 Fifty-year Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station climatology: quality control and analysis

Thursday, 5 May 2011: 8:30 AM
Rooftop Ballroom (15th Floor) (Omni Parker House )
Matthew A. Lazzara, Antarctic Meteorological Research Center/ Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; and L. M. Keller

A fifty-year analysis of Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station's meteorological data record has been analyzed for developing a comprehensive and definitive climatology from the meteorological observations for the station. To reach the goal of a full climatological analysis, a full quality control review of the data was conducted. The results of the review triggered a series of data corrections before analysis could be completed. An appraisal of South Pole's temperature, pressure, wind and other base variables will be presented as well as highlights of South Pole's climate itemized, including key changes to the station's climate over the years. This presentation will both recount the path to the final analysis as well as the analysis itself. This study will be held up as an example of the importance of the stewardship of meteorological observations that span the operational and research arenas. Final results of this study will be made available to the broader community for educational and research applications.
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