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Radiosoundings at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica

The Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI) supports via an in-kind contribution the  research and operational activities at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station (PEA) by supplying the necessary equipment for radio soundings. The International Polar Foundation also supports the radiosounding activities with logistics, manpower With the radio soundings, vertical profiles up to 20 to 30 km height of temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed and wind direction are measured. These data are important for interpretation of the larger scale meteorological and atmospheric dynamic conditions. They are also needed to locate temperature inversions and heights of low and high wind speed (low level jets, jet stream,...), and to characterise the conditions around cloud levels. For the radio soundings, a GRAW GS-E ground station and DFM-09 radiosondes are used. 

Radiosoundings at PEA started in January 2014 and have been done during the following austral summers, with a break for season 2016/2017. Below, for each season a descriptive file is available which lists the available days and further notes.

The data is freely available on request. If you are interested in the data files, please send an email to alexander.mangold at The data for 2013-2014; 2014-2015 and 2019-2020 have also been put on GTS. Season 2018-2019 is also available via YOPP_SH.

Belare season 2013-2014  pdf

Belare season 2014-2015  pdf

Belare season 2015-2016  pdf

Belare season 2017-2018  pdf

Belare season 2018-2019  pdf

Belare season 2019-2020  pdf