Antarctic Meteorology Project
The National Science Foundation awarded Madison College a Major Research Instrumentation Grant to create and build the next generation automatic weather station (AWS) for extreme polar climates, particularly Antarctica.
The goal of this project is to develop, test, and deploy a new polar automatic climate and weather observing station for use in remote polar regions, particularly the Antarctic. With a more capable electronic core, the focus of the new system is to make meteorological observations with climate-level quality measurements. The new system will host a first-of-its-kind onboard calibration system for temperature observations.
Can I participate?
This project marks the start of the modernization of a surface weather and climate observing network of AWS across the Antarctic. It takes a team to make this happen, and coordination will take place between experienced teachers, researchers, and technicians and the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) technicians and potential researchers. Additionally, undergraduate students will aid in the development, testing and deployment of the AWS systems, along with reporting, data analysis, and publishing. Students involved include those in weather and climate courses intending to transfer to a 4-year university as well as those pursuing electronics technician or electrical engineering technician associate degrees.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. OPP-1625904