Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station


Latitude:-90.0 S
Longitude:0.0 E
Elevation:2,835 Meters (9301 feet) ASL.
Date Installed:February 1988
Solar Season:September-March
Instrumentation:SUV-100, GUV-541, PSP, TUVR

The South Pole system is installed at the top of the Atmospheric Research Observatory (ARO, see photos) at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, located at the geographic South Pole. The South Pole is accessible by airplane between November and February only. The system operates in one of the harshest environments on Earth with average temperatures of -49C.

South Pole is a very interesting place for UV measurements due to the annually recurring "ozone hole", stable meteorological conditions, frequent cloud-less days, constant high surface albedo, little aerosol influence, negligible air pollution, and virtually no diurnal change of Solar Zenith Angle. In addition, important parameters for interpreting the measurements, such as total column ozone and the atmospheric ozone profile, are available from measurements of NOAA/ESRL Global Monitoring Divistion installations at ARO.