Dome C is a French-Italian scientific station located on the East Antarctic ice sheet. The altitude of the site is 3200 m and the distances from the coasts are larger than 1000 Km.

It is one of the CEOS LANDNET Sites. The site is managed by France and Italy (Dc is directed by French Polar Institute (IPEV) and Italian polar Institute (ENEA);
for more detailed information regarding the site, the point of contact is Stephen Warren (University of Washington,  Department of Atmospheric Science) (

Instruments on the Test Site



Climatological Data for DOME-C

Parameter Mean Std Dev Min Max Max-Min (Max-Min)/Mean CV
Cloud Fraction (%) 0.3470 0.3472 0.0081 0.9792 0.9710 2.7984 1.0007
Water Vapour Content (g/cm2) 0.0125 0.0073 0.0055 0.0297 0.0243 1.9432 0.5830
Precipitation (mm/day)  0.0806 0.0725 0.0080 0.2090 0.2010 2.4947 0.8995
Ozone Content (Dobson) 207.2875 24.0393 169.2500 235.5250 66.2750 0.3197 0.1160



Temporal Variability of Cloud Fraction: on the X axis scale is one year (Jan-Dec); on the Y axis scale is the fraction 0-1
Temporal Variability of Water Vapour Content: X axis scale is one year (Jan-Dec); Y axis scale is 0-6 g/cm2
Temporal Variability of Precipitation. X axis scale is one year (Jan-Dec); Y axis scale is 0-10 mm/day
Temporal Variability of Ozone Content. X axis is one year (Jan-Dec); Y axis is 0-500 Dobson
Spectral Temporal Variability  







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[1] WP230 - Site Characterization from Climatological Dataset