26 Aug 2022
26 Aug 2022
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

Radar and ground-level measurements of clouds and precipitation collected during the POPE 2020 campaign at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica

Alfonso Ferrone1,2 and Alexis Berne1 Alfonso Ferrone and Alexis Berne
  • 1Environmental Remote Sensing Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2MeteoSwiss, via ai Monti 146, Locarno, Switzerland

Abstract. The datasets presented in this article were collected during a four-months measurement campaign at the Belgian research base Princess Elisabeth Antarctica (PEA). The campaign, named PEA Orographic Precipitation Experiment (POPE), was conducted by the Environmental Remote Sensing Laboratory of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, with the logistical support of the International Polar Foundation, between the end of November 2019 and the beginning of February 2020. The datasets have been collected at five different sites. A W-band Doppler cloud profilers and a Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera (MASC) have been deployed in the immediate proximity of the main building of the station. An X-band dual-polarization Doppler scanning weather radar was installed 1.9 km south-east of PEA. Information on the various hydrometeor types have been derived from its measurements, as well as from the images collected by the MASC. The remaining three sites were located in a transect across the mountain chain south of the base, between 7 and 17 km apart from each other. At each site, a K-band Doppler profiler and an automated weather station have been deployed. A pyrgeometer and a pyranometer accompanied the instruments at the site in the middle of the transect. A case study, covering the precipitation event recorded on 23 December 2019, is presented to illustrate the various datasets. Overall, the availability of radar measurements over a complex terrain, relatively far from a scientific base, is extremely rare in the Antarctic context, and opens a wide range of possibilities for precipitation studies over the region.

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Radar and ground-level measurements collected during the POPE 2020 campaign at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Alfonso Ferrone, Alexis Berne

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This article presents the datasets collected between November 2019 and February 2020 in the vicinity of the Belgian research base Princess Elisabeth Antarctica. Five meteorological radars, a multi-angle snowflake camera, three weather stations, and two radiometers have been deployed at five sites, up to a maximum distance of 30 km from the base. Their varied locations allow the study of spatial variability in snowfall and its interaction with the complex terrain in the region.