Science Center Objects
The Barrow magnetic observatory was established in 1949, with major upgrades in 1957 associated with the International Geophysical Year. The current physical plant was put into place in 1975. The observatory is of particular importance to the Geomagnetism Program because it is the most northerly of all the USGS observatories, being located well within the auroral oval. The observatory is operated with the cooperative assistance of the Global Monitoring Division of NOAA, and in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Station Id: BRW
Location: Point Barrow, AK
Geomagnetic Latitude: 69.86°N*
Geomagnetic Longitude: 248.51°E*
Elevation: 10 meters
* IGRF values as of 2015.
- Townshend, J., 2001. Fifty years of monitoring geophysical data at Barrow, Alaska, Fifty more years below zero, Ed: Norton, D. W., The Arctic Institute of North America, University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks, 61-64.
- Worthington, E. W. & Love, J. J., 2002. Geomagnetic field monitoring at Barrow, Alaska, Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory, NOAA, US Dept. Commerce, 26 , 166-170.