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British Antarctic Survey: high resolution radiosonde data from the Rothera station

Update Frequency: Daily
Latest Data Update: 2023-06-19
Status: Ongoing
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2008-08-20
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 1.76K Files | 153MB


High resolution radiosonde data from the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera station. The data consists of vertical profiles of pressure, temperature, relative humidity, humidity mixing ratio, radiosonde position, wind speed and wind direction. Measurements are taken at 2 second intervals and the ascents extend to heights of approximately 20-30 km. The archive has data from 2008 and generally there is 1 ascent per day from the station.

Citable as:  British Antarctic Survey (2008): British Antarctic Survey: high resolution radiosonde data from the Rothera station. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: BAS, Radiosonde


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Previously used record identifiers:
Access rules:
Restricted data: please submit an application using the REQUEST ACCESS link for access.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data are collected at the Halley and Rothera stations before being sent through to BAS, Cambridge. A script runs daily at the BADC to retrieve the latest data from BAS by checking the last 7 days. Once data have been transferred to the BADC they are ingested immediately and made available to users.

Radiosonde data from Antarctic stations from the database of Connolley and King (1993) was provided by W. M. Connolley at the British Antarctic Survey,, through the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC),

Data Quality:
No data quality statement is available
File Format:
The data are in the Vaisala PC-CORA binary format. Software to read these data is available from the linked documentation.

Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.

Instrument/Platform pairings

Radiosonde Deployed on: British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Station
Output Description


  • long_name: Air Temperature
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Air Temperature
  • names: Air Temperature,
  • long_name: Altitude
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Altitude
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Altitude,
  • long_name: Atmospheric Pressure
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Atmospheric Pressure
  • names: Atmospheric Pressure,
  • long_name: Atmospheric Pressure Measurements
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Atmospheric Pressure Measurements
  • names: Atmospheric Pressure Measurements,
  • long_name: Atmospheric Temperature
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Atmospheric Temperature
  • names: Atmospheric Temperature,
  • long_name: Atmospheric Water Vapor
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Atmospheric Water Vapor
  • names: Atmospheric Water Vapor,
  • long_name: Atmospheric Winds
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Atmospheric Winds
  • names: Atmospheric Winds,
  • long_name: Dew Point Temperature
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Dew Point Temperature
  • names: Dew Point Temperature,
  • long_name: Geopotential Height
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Geopotential Height
  • names: Geopotential Height,
  • long_name: Height
  • names: Height
  • long_name: Height From Sonde Data
  • names: Height From Sonde Data
  • long_name: Humidity
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Humidity
  • names:, EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Humidity
  • long_name: Humidity Mixing Ratio
  • names: Humidity Mixing Ratio
  • long_name: Relative Humidity
  • names: Relative Humidity
  • long_name: Stratosphere Temperature At 15 mb
  • names: Stratosphere Temperature At 15 mb
  • long_name: Stratosphere Temperature At 50 mb
  • names: Stratosphere Temperature At 50 mb
  • long_name: Temperature
  • names: Temperature
  • long_name: Temperature At 115 mb
  • names: Temperature At 115 mb
  • long_name: Temperature At 245 mb
  • names: Temperature At 245 mb
  • long_name: Temperature At 375 mb
  • names: Temperature At 375 mb
  • long_name: Temperature At 500 mb
  • names: Temperature At 500 mb
  • long_name: Temperature At 620 mb
  • names: Temperature At 620 mb
  • long_name: Temperature At 740 mb
  • names: Temperature At 740 mb
  • long_name: Temperature At 900 mb
  • names: Temperature At 900 mb
  • long_name: Temperature Profiles
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Temperature Profiles
  • names:, Temperature Profiles
  • long_name: Tropopause Pressure
  • names: Tropopause Pressure
  • long_name: Tropopause Temperature
  • names: Tropopause Temperature
  • long_name: Upper Level Winds
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Upper Level Winds
  • names:, Upper Level Winds
  • long_name: Wind Direction
  • names: Wind Direction
  • long_name: Windspeed
  • names: Windspeed

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