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Weather Station Data on the Juneau Icefield

August 16, 2019

Since the 1940s, the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) has been measuring surface mass balance on the Juneau Icefield. This is the longest ongoing program of its kind in North America. The program nominally occurs between late June and late August, traversing between Juneau, Alaska and Atlin, British Columbia. JIRP has examined the surface mass balance of the Juneau Icefield since 1946, with principal efforts focused on Lemon Creek Glacier and Taku Glacier. Glaciological, geodetic, and meteorological data have been collected by JIRP to characterize the interaction between the climate and glaciers of the Juneau Icefield. Measurements of meteorological data are made at many permanent camp facilities on the Juneau Icefield. This portion of the data release includes select weather data that has received basic quality control and assurance. Data is released at three different levels of processing, level 0, 1 and 2. Level 0 data contains compiled raw data, before QC procedures are applied, at the original timestep recorded by the instrument. Level 1 data has received a plausible value check, and minimal manual error identification (e.g. errors noted on field visits). Level 2 data has been through more extensive quality control procedures and is provided at both the original instrument timestep as well as aggregated hourly and daily values. Data at many JIRP sites consist of a single temperature sensor, recording in a Stevenson-type shield. Automated weather stations at Camp 10, 17, and 18 have measured additional meteorological variables in recent years. Both are presented in this data release.

Publication Year 2019
Title Weather Station Data on the Juneau Icefield
DOI 10.5066/P9DUI71J
Authors Emily H Baker, Scott McGee, Seth W. Campbell, Jamie L Pierce, Christopher J. Mcneil
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Alaska Science Center