The Australian Antarctic automatic weather station dataset

This website provides access to surface meteorological data from a network of Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) at sites in remote regions of East Antarctica.   These stations are deployed and operated by the Australian Antarctic Division Glaciology Program.  The first station was deployed in 1982 and the network has continued to expand since then.

To learn more about Australia's Antarctic Research program see the Australian Antarctic Division science website.

This site provides data sets from AWS sites downloadable from the data page in netcdf format. Programs to extract or graph this data can be downloaded from the software page. Summary graphs, usually of air temperature, wind speed and pressure, with monthly average tables of all AWS variables can be viewed directly at this site. The data are made freely available however acknowledgment should be made to the Australian Antarctic Division Glaciology Program as the original source. Data available from this website are also available via the Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing (TPAC) OPeNDAP/DODS digital library.

If you find the data useful for your research we would appreciate a brief email message describing your project and listing any publications arising from the work (email to This information will help justify continued funding to maintain the AWS network.

The data have been checked and edited, but we cannot guarantee that they are completely error free.  Note in particular that the height of the sensors changes with time due to snow accumulation.  Check the station records for each station at the Australian Antarctic Data Centre for the history of AWS operations and sensor problems under the background page.

Meteorological data from other parts of Antarctica are available from a network of AWS operated by the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.   For access to those data click here.

If you have general inquiries regarding this dataset, email  For technical comments or queries contact Petra Heil.

Ian Allison and Andrew Roberts (site updated July 16 2004)
Neal Young (latest site update : June 12 2008) Petra Heil (latest site update : August 2014)
Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre
Australian Antarctic Division