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International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958: Drifting Station Alpha Documentary Film

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Entry ID

G02184

Summary

This film documents the activities that occurred on Drifting Station Alpha in the Arctic Ocean during the International Geophysical Year, 1957 to 1958. The film is narrated by project leader, Norbert Untersteiner, and chronicles the life of the team as they built their camp and set up experiments. Station Alpha was the first long-term scientific base on arctic pack ice operated by a Western country. At the time of its establishment, Russia had already operated six drifting ice camps of this kind. However, due to the strategic importance and sensitivity of the Arctic Basin, little information from these early stations had reached the West. The documentary was filmed and produced by Frans van der Hoeven (Senior Scientist at Station Alpha) and Norbert Untersteiner (Scientific Leader of Station Alpha). Station Alpha drifted in an area of the Arctic ocean located 500 km north of Barrow, Alaska USA from April 1957 to November 1958; the film covers this entire time period. Digitized copies of the film are available on DVD.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 87°     S: 80°     E: 180°     W: 110°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Untersteiner, N. and F. G. van der Hoeven.
Dataset Title: International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958: Drifting Station Alpha Documentary Film
Dataset Release Date: 2009-07-31
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/g02184.html
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5MK69TW

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1957-04-01
Stop Date: 1958-11-30

Location Keywords

  • OCEAN ARCTIC OCEAN

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Sea Ice Sea Ice Motion
  • Oceans Sea Ice Sea Ice Motion

Ancillary Keywords

  • Arctic Sea Ice
  • Drifting Station
  • Polar Sea Ice
  • Sea Ice
  • Sea Ice Drift
  • Sea Ice Motion

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Platform

  • GROUND STATIONS

Data Set Progress

complete

Data Center

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

NSIDC Roger G. Barry Archives and Resource Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/rocs/

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC ARC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center CIRES, 449 UCB University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/noaa/

Data Center Personnel

Name: NOAA User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Media: DVD

Personnel

Norbert Untersteiner
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • University of Washington

City: Seattle
Province or State: WA
Postal Code: 98195

NSIDC User Services
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Frans G. van der Hoeven
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • Delft Univerisyt of Technology
  • Department of Geophysics

Related URL

VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Arctic Climatology Project - EWG Arctic Meteorology and Climate Atlas

VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Comprehensive Ocean - Atmosphere Data Set (COADS) LMRF Arctic Subset

Reference

Cabaniss, G. H. 1962. Geophysical Data from U.S. Arctic Ocean Drift Stations, 1957-1960. Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories AFCRL-62-683.

Cottell, I. B. 1960. United States Research at Drifting Stations in the Arctic Ocean. Polar Record 10/(66): 269-274.

Crary, A. P. 1966. Air Force Research Achievements on Drifting Stations. Arctic Drifting Stations, edited by J. E. Sater, Arctic Institute of North America, Warrenton, VA: 113-125.

Leary, W. M., and L. A. LeSchack. 1996. Project Coldfeet, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis: 196 pp. Fletcher, J. O. 1966. Origin and Early Utilization of Aircraft-Supported Drifting Stations. Arctic Drifting Stations, edited by J.E. Sater, Arctic Institute of North America, Warrenton, VA: 1-13.

Salter, J. E. 1968. Arctic Drifting Stations, Arctic Institute of North America, Washington, D.C.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2009-07-31
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-03-12

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