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Antarctica, DOMEX and diamond dust

15 Dec 2016, 16:33 UTC
Antarctica, DOMEX and diamond dust
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This year’s DOMEX campaign to support ESA’s SMOS satellite mission has started at Dome-C in Antarctica. It’s a multiyear campaign that we have been carrying out at the Italian–French Concordia station since 2013.
The aim is to build up a collection of a well-calibrated, multiyear, time series of L-band brightness temperature and infrared brightness temperature measurements over several years. These data are compared with those of SMOS to verify that the satellite instrument is calibrated.
The experiment, led by the Institute of Applied Physics ‘Nello Carrara’ is supported by ESA and by the Italian Programme of National Research in Antarctica (PNRA).
DC3 Basler just landed in front of the summer camp. (PNRA-IPEV)
This field report is from Francesco Montomoli (IFAC-CNR) and Vito Stanzione (CNR-ISAFOM):
On Thursday 17 November after a long and exhausting trip I landed in Dome-C for the first time. It’s on the Antarctic Plateau, which is 75.1°S, 123.3°E, and 3233 m above sea level. It’s better known as White Mars for good reason. To me it seemed the most hostile place on the planet, where, besides the low temperatures (i.e. lower than –40°C you have to cope with extremely low pressure – almost half that at sea ...

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