By Narelle Tagged in Antarctic Treaty 1606 downloads
ATCM XXXIX and CEP XIX 2016, Santiago, Chile
IP034: The Antarctic Observing Network (AntON) to Facilitate Weather and Climate Information (joint paper with WMO)
Antarctica is a very data sparse area of the world and so it is important to maximise use of all of the meteorological and other data that are collected there for weather, climate and other research and operational activities. These data are useful for both the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) and for the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP – see separate IP 15). However, the density of the current surface and upper-air stations is much less than that desirable to properly characterize Antarctic weather and climate.
Both WMO (through its Executive Council Panel of Experts on Polar and High Mountain Observations, Research and Services and its Antarctic Task Team) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) through its Expert Group on Operational Meteorology in the Antarctic aim to maximise the dissemination and use of such data through the Antarctic Observing Network (AntON). AntON consists of manned and automatic weather stations currently in operation in Antarctica and the sub Antarctic islands. This paper gives an overview of AntON, including detailed listings of the stations and ships invloved, and provides recommendations in relation to the network.