Development of Automated Measurement Systems for Remote Geophysical Observations in the Polar Regions

NSF logoNASA logoThis project is funded by NSF grant 0732921, NSF-EAGER award PLR1441432, and NASA-RAPID award NNX14AM54G


Ted Scambos (NSIDC); Ronald Ross, chief design engineer, Polar66; Alberto Behar (deceased), University of Arizona; Matthew Lazzara, University of Wisconsin

Project Summary

This is a multi-grant initiative to develop an automated system that can monitor geophysical conditions year-round in the extreme or difficult environments of Antarctica. Under various funded grants, we have developed integrated systems for ice sheet surface observations (combining GPS, imagery, and weather and ice condition data); systems for monitoring an ice shelf and the underlying ocean; and systems intended to measure extreme cold conditions on the surface of the ice sheet in the high polar plateau winter. To date the project has produced these devices: AMIGOS (Automated Meteorology - Ice - Geophysics Observation System), AMIGOS-II (Automated Metrology-Ice-Geophysics-Ocean System, II), and TCPOE (The Coldest Place On Earth) stations.

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