Antarctic Automatic Weather Station Program: 30 Years of Polar Observation Journal Article uri icon



  • Antarctica boasts one of the world's harshest environments. Since the earliest expeditions, a major challenge has been to characterize the surface meteorology around the continent. In 1980, the University of Wisconsin—Madison (UW-Madison) took over the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) Automatic Weather Station (AWS) program. Since then, the UW-Madison AWS network has aided in the understanding of unique Antarctic weather and climate. This paper summarizes the development of the UW-Madison AWS network, issues related to instrumentation and data quality, and some of the ways these observations have and continue to benefit scientific investigations and operational meteorology.

publication date

  • October 1, 2012

has restriction

  • hybrid

Date in CU Experts

  • June 5, 2014 11:36 AM

Full Author List

  • Lazzara MA; Weidner GA; Keller LM; Thom JE; Cassano JJ

author count

  • 5

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-0477

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1519

end page

  • 1537


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