Instrument : Tower Camera (TWRCAM)

Instrument Categories
Surface Meteorology

Picture of the Tower Camera (TCAM)

General Overview

The tower camera in Barrow provides hourly images of ground surrounding the tower. These images may be used to determine fractional snow cover as winter arrives, for comparison with the albedo that can be calculated from downward-looking radiometers, as well as some indication of present weather. Similarly, during spring time, the camera images show the changes in the ground albedo as the snow melts. The tower images are saved in hourly intervals. In addition, two other cameras, the skydeck camera in Barrow and the piling camera in Atqasuk, show the current conditions at those sites.

Output Datastreams

  • twrcam3m : Three Meter Tower: video camera
  • twrcam40m : Forty Meter Tower: video camera

Primary Measurements

The following measurements are those considered scientifically relevant.

Locations

North Slope Alaska
NSAC1 Browse DataCentral Facility, Barrow AK
NSAC2 Browse DataCentral Facility, Atqasuk AK
ARM Mobile Facility
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Contact(s)

Martin Stuefer
(907) 474-6477
stuefer@gi.alaska.edu