One of the projects we support here at Davis had a requirement to install an automatic weather station (AWS) at Heidemann Valley. The AWS was relocated from Mawson over the summer season and erected last week.
It was a team effort to move the mast and all equipment to the site, install and then commission the station. Securing the mast base took longer than expected as low temperatures impacted the cure time for anchoring material.
The AWS will measure wind speed, wind direction, temperature at heights of one metre, two metres and four metres above ground together with barometric pressure, solar radiation, snow depth and GPS positioning. A communications link from the AWS data-logger back to Davis station will enable remote, real-time monitoring and data collection of the above information.