Automated in situ measurements of snow water equivalent, snow depth, snow temperature and snow dielectric constant, at the high Arctic Bayelva site during the winter period 2019/2020


The high Arctic Bayleva site is located on western Spitsbergen about 3 km from the settlement of Ny Ålesund. The provided data set comprises snow water equivalent (SWE) and snow depth measurements recorded by automated sensors installed in August 2019 close to the Bayelva soil and climate station, running since 1998. The SWE is measured with a temporal resolution of six hours using a Campbell Scientific CS725 gamma ray sensor installed at a height of 2.42 m, covering a footprint area of up to 55 m2. The snow depth is recorded at hourly resolution using a Campbell Scientific SR50/AT ultrasonic distance sensor covering a footprint area of up to 1.3 m2 close to the center of the SWE footprint. The provided data set furthermore includes half-hourly snow temperature measurements from two PT100 sensors installed at 0.04 and 0.2 m above the ground within the fenced area of the climate monitoring station. Additionally, hourly measurements of the snow dielectric constant are provided from a vertically installed TDR probe inside the fenced area.

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Creator Jentzsch, Katharina; Westermann, Sebastian; Gallet, Jean-Charles; Bornemann, Niko; Cable, William L; Lange, Stephan; Boike, Julia
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Contributor Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven
Publication Year 2020
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 189129 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (11.833 LON, 78.921 LAT); Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen
Temporal Coverage Begin 2019-01-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2020-09-18T00:30:00Z