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North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO) Weather and Radiation Buoy Data



This data set includes in situ air pressure, wind, temperature, longwave radiation, and shortwave radiation measurements. Data were recorded from 27 April 2002 by weather stations and radiometers on drifting buoys near the North Pole that were deployed by the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL). A lack of solar energy, which is needed to power the radiometer batteries, rendered some data useless after mid-to-late September.

The North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO) is a year-round, automated scientific observatory, deploying various instruments each April in order to learn how the world's northernmost sea helps regulate global climate. It consists of a set of unmanned scientific platforms that record oceanographic, cryospheric, and atmospheric data throughout the year. Data are in ASCII text format.

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  • 1.0 (2010-07-12)
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Spatial Type point
Frequency hourly
Language English
Grant Code OPP-9910305
ISO Topic Categories
  • climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 2002-04-27 00:00:00
End datetime 2009-11-20 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 89.168, Minimum (South) Latitude: 67.276
Minimum (West) Longitude: -26.131, Maximum (East) Longitude: 76.476

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Roger Andersen <>

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Morison, J., et al. 2010. North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO) Weather and Radiation Buoy Data. Version 1.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 13 Apr 2024.

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