15 Mar 2022
15 Mar 2022
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal AMT.

ICE-CAMERA: a flatbed scanner to study inland Antarctic polar precipitation

Massimo Del Guasta Massimo Del Guasta
  • Istituto Nazionale Ottica CNR, Sesto Fiorentino, 50019, Firenze, Italy

Abstract. The study of precipitation at very high latitudes is challenging because of the harsh environmental conditions that limit the external activity of humans and instruments, particularly during the polar winter. I describe a device (ICE-CAMERA) for automatic imaging, measuring and classifying ice precipitation on the high plateau. From 2014 the instrument operates unattended, all year round, at Concordia Station (75° S,123° E, 3220 m altitude). The instrument provides detailed precipitation information every hour. The article describes the apparatus and its treatment software.

Massimo Del Guasta

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  • RC1: 'Comment on amt-2022-62', Anonymous Referee #1, 04 Apr 2022 reply
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Massimo Del Guasta, 08 Apr 2022 reply

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Short summary
Any instrument on the Antarctic plateau must cope with a harsh environment. Concordia station is a special place for testing new instruments: with low temperatures and weak winds, precipitation can be studied by simply collecting it on horizontal surfaces. This is typically done manually. ICE-CAMERA is intended as an automatic alternative. The combined construction of rugged equipment for taking photographs of particles and the adoption of machine learning techniques have served this purpose.