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Location: 71.323 N, 156.609 W, 11 m asl (36 ft asl)
Governing Institution: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Station Contact: Steve Grove (Steve.P.Grove@noaa.gov)
Main web site: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/obop/brw/
Facilities: The Barrow Observatory is located about 8km east of the village of Barrow, AK.
Observatory Mission and Purpose: The Barrow Observatory hosts multiple cooperative international research projects.
Topography and History: The Observatory was established in 1973 and located on the coast of the Arctic Ocean. The village of Barrow has earned the distinction of being the farthest north population center in the United States. The surrounding terrain is tundra, housing numerous melt lakes in the summer, which freeze over during the winter months. Instrumentation is maintained year round by at least 2 scientists and engineers. Polar bears are a frequent visitor to Barrow and a very real safety concern for any who work outdoors.
Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) site at the North Slope of Alaska (NSA)
Location: 71.323 N, 156.6156 W (Barrow); 70.4722 N, 157.4078 W (Atqasuk)
Governing Institution: United States Department of Energy
Station Director: Mark D. Ivey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Main web site: www.arm.gov/sites/nsa
Facilities: There are two facilities that make up the ARM NSA site. They are Barrow and Atqasuk, which is located 70 miles south of Barrow.
ARM Mission and Purpose: To provide data about clouds and radiative processes at high latitudes to improve numerical models and model parameterizations.
Topography and History: Both Barrow and Atqasuk are located on flat tundra terrain with an elevation seperation of only 12m. Barrow's population is a little over 4,500 while Atqasuk is a much smaller community with a stable population of around 225. Even without roads, there is frequent travel between the two villages via planes or snow machine.
Table of Measurements
Station Identifier: 70026
Station Abbreviations: BRW, PABR, BAR, BROA2, and STN199 (Barrow); PATQ and MDEA2 (Atqasuk)
Barrow Global Atmosphere Watch - Station Information System (GAWSIS)
Other relevant web sites:
ARM data archive
NOAA Global Monitoring Division data ftp site
National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks sea ice data
Georectification of satellite imagery of Barrow
Derived cloud parameters at Barrow using AERI, ceilometer, MMCR, MPL, and TSI data (March 1998 - present)
Derived cloud parameters at Atqasuk using ceilometer data (March 1998 - present)
NSF Ultraviolet Monitoring Network Version 2 - Barrow
Prototype Network for Measuring Arctic Winter Precipitation and Snow Cover -- Snow-Net
Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) - Barrow station page
Detailed information on ARM instrumentation
ARM North Slope of Alaska site information
Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks Barrow Sea Ice Observatory
USGS Barrow Geomagnetic Observatory
Barrow Arctic Science Consortium (BASC)
WERC - North Slope Current Conditions
See the Barrow station on YouTube, along with an explanation of the scientific research happening there
NOAA Barrow Weather Station on YouTube
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