Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Scripps starts Antarctic Center


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The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (La Jolla, Calif.) is establishing a facility that will supply data on weather, ocean, and ice conditions in Antarctica year-round using satellite information. Scripps plans to install a computer system for satellite data handling and image enhancement on its campus in April, and an identical system at McMurdo Station in Antarctica in October.

The system at the new Antarctic Research Center (ARC) will track two satellites in the Meteorological Satellite Program of the Department of Defense and two TIROS-N satellites of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Visual data are expected to provide information on glacier movement, crevasse detection, ice mapping, and weather conditions, while infrared data will be used in studies of ocean currents, upwelling, and changing ice conditions, according to Scripps.