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A comparison of possible Antarctic telescope locations
Author(s): M. R. Swain; H. Gallée
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Paper Abstract

We present preliminary results of a comparison of possible Antarctic telescope locations based on the results of a regional climate model. The simulation results include predictions for temperature, wind speed, seeing, precipitable water vapor, and cloud cover. The domain of the simulation is the entire Antarctic continent for the 2004 winter season. By incorporating lateral forcing, our simulation captures the effects of weather systems that can affect even the interior regions of the Antarctic plateau. The simulation also shows maritime air advection into the plateau interior. We find the model predictions are generally in good agreement with measurements made at the South Pole and Dome C. The simulation results suggest that the Dome F and Dome A regions are potentially very good sites and are generally superior to Dome C.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62671K (23 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670657
Show Author Affiliations
M. R. Swain, Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy (Germany)
H. Gallée, Lab. de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6267:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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