Weather Monitoring Capabilities from the Alaskan USArray Deployment

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Thursday, 8 January 2015: 11:30 AM
221A-C (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Jonathan E. Tytell, University of California, La Jolla, CA; and F. Vernon, J. Eakins, B. Busby, and K. Hafner
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The National Science Foundation's Earthscope Initiative has begun redeploying its USArray Transportable Array (TA) network into Alaska, which will continue operating through 2018. Similar to the previous station installations in the Lower 48, each station will be equipped with a suite of equipment that will be capable of monitoring surface barometric pressure changes in real-time at 1 and 40 sps. These stations will be installed in a Cartesian grid style with approximately 85 km between stations. In addition, there will be a Vaisala WXT520 weather station installed at twenty-five stations located in more rural regions of Alaska where weather monitoring is sparse or non-existent. This network will be capable of tracking sudden changes associated with storm events and can assist with now-casts of such events. Data will be publicly available and accessible both in real-time and via archived formats.