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Monthly Summaries of Soil Temperature and Soil Moisture at Oil Contamination Sites in Antarctica, Version 1

To determine the effects of oil spills on soil temperature and moisture, soil climate stations were built at existing contamination sites -- Scott Base, Marble Point, Bull Pass, and nearby control sites in the Ross Sea Region, Antarctica. Sensors recorded soil temperature, soil moisture, air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, net radiation, wind speed, and wind direction. Data extend from January 1999 through December 2001. Data from individual stations are available in tab-delimited ASCII text files. An Excel spreadsheet contains the same data compiled together in a single file. NSIDC currently provides these summary data via ftp; the full soil temperature and moisture data set is available from Ron Paetzold, USDA.

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Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -77.45, S: -77.9806, E: 166.7806, W: 161.8806

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
Temporal Coverage
  • 1999-01-21 to 2001-12-31
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
  • Atmospheric Water Vapor > Humidity
  • Atmospheric Radiation > Net Radiation
  • Soils > Soil Moisture/Water Content
  • Frozen Ground > Soil Temperature
  • Soils > Soil Temperature
  • Atmospheric Radiation > Solar Radiation
  • Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Air Temperature
  • Atmospheric Winds > Surface Winds
Not specified
Sensor(s): Not specified
Data Format(s):
  • Microsoft Excel
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
Data Contributor(s): Ron Paetzold

Data Citation

As a condition of using this data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Paetzold, R., ed. 2003. Monthly Summaries of Soil Temperature and Soil Moisture at Oil Contamination Sites in Antarctica, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. [Date Accessed].

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