Polar baseline surface radiation measurements during the International Polar Year 2007–2009
- 1Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Bologna, Italy
- 2National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, Colorado, USA
- 3Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany
- 4National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, Japan
Abstract. Downwelling and upwelling shortwave and longwave radiation components from six active polar sites, taking part of the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN), were selected for the period of the last International Polar Year (March 2007 to March 2009), and included in the BSRN-IPY dataset, along with metadata and supplementary data for some of the stations. Two sites, located at Svalbard archipelago (Ny Ålesund) and Alaska (Barrow), represent Arctic sea-level conditions. Four Antarctic stations represent both sea-level (Dronning Maud Land and Cosmonaut Sea) and high-elevation conditions (South Pole and East Antarctic Plateau). The BSRN-IPY dataset content and quality are discussed. The dataset is now available at doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.737668, and can be used for free after accepting the BSRN data release guidelines. The dataset has been summarized as monthly averages and subject to further evaluation according to strict criteria not previously applied.