Ground Truth Met Station Screen Preview

April 13th, 2008 admin

Here is a preview of the met station screen design, showing Hassan on Taylor Glacier, with an overlay of live data from the met station. Temperature, heat index, thw (a combination of several variables), wind chill, barometer and humidity are represented by color bars on the right of the screen, wind speed is represented by the height of the wave created by the animation of lines. Oh, and the text is from Richard Byrd’s Antarctic diary published in 1938, called ‘Alone.’

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Installation and Screening at ATLAS, CU Boulder April 29th and 30th

April 10th, 2008 admin


ATLAS presents work-in-progress by Andrea Polli based on her 2007/2008 National Science Foundation Artist’s Residency in Antarctica with special guests Dr. John Cassano and Sha Sha Feng

Weather Station Installation
Tuesday, April 29th, 12-6PM ATLAS Center Northeast Patio

ATLAS Speaker Series and Film Screening
Wednesday, April 30th, 6PM Cofrin Auditorium/ATLAS 100
with reception in the ATLAS lobby

The film Ground Truth follows weather and climate observation at the South Pole, McMurdo Station and field sites in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica and asks why people go to remote, uncomfortable and often hazardous locations, doing what is known as ‘ground truthing.’

Directed by Andrea Polli
Videography and sound by Andrea Polli and Tia Kramer
Editing and graphics by Brandon Lied and Greg O’Brien
Transcripts and graphics by Klew Williams
Starring Hassan Basagic and Dr. Andrew Fountain of the LTER, Dr. John Cassano of The University of Colorado, Boulder, and many others

90degreessouth is an online interactive mapping project using rich media in Google Earth, YouTube and Flickr to present interviews, sound, video and other media related to Antarctic weather and climate. The project aims to communicate both the aesthetic beauty and the scientific importance of Antarctica to the global environment.

Created by Andrea Polli and Sha Sha Feng

Projects supported by The National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, The University of Colorado, Boulder Center for Humanities and the Arts, Department of Art and Art History, ATLAS Institute, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and the PSC-CUNY Research Foundation

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South Pole Meteorology

April 6th, 2008 admin

I interviewed South Pole station meteorologist Jeff DeRosa and weather observers Victoria Sankovic and Katie Koster about their work and experiences. This is part 1 of 3 parts. Click on the video to go to youtube, audio of the entire interview here:

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Video interview with Atmospheric Scientist Dr. John Cassano

April 6th, 2008 admin

Part 1 of a 5 part video interview. Click on the video to go to youtube, audio of the entire interview here:

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Ozonesonde Launch at Pole

April 6th, 2008 admin

Every couple of weeks during this past summer season, Andy Clarke of NOAA launched a weather balloon with an ozonesonde in order to take detailed measurements of the ozone hole. I just happened to be at the Pole on the day of a launch and took this documentation that includes some explanation from Andy. In 4 parts, click on the video for part 2, 3 and 4 on youtube.

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