In addition to the five cameras at the GARS O'Higgins research station, three more MOBOTIX cameras are installed at the Alfred-Wegener Institute's Neumayer III facility (see http://www.awi.de/NM_WebCam/ ). The station began regular operation on 20 February 2009 after a project time of nearly ten years. Scientists at the Neumayer station study meteorology, geophysics, atmospheric chemistry, infrasound and marine acoustics. In 2010, the temperature at the station fell below -50°C for the first time since Neumayer scientists began their regular synoptic studies.
Extreme Temperatures Challenge People And Technology
In mid-summer, the inland temperatures at the South Pole reach about -25°C and in winter, the temperature is around -65°C. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica was -89.2°C, as measured at the Wostok Station. The Antarctic coast is slightly warmer: -20°C to -30°C in winter and up to 0°C in summer. These extreme temperatures, combined with the icy wind, present enormous challenges for people and technology. Here, the MOBOTIX cameras really have a chance to shine: They have no mechanical motors for lenses or for movement. Without any moving parts, these cameras are so robust that maintenance is reduced to a minimum. Their unique temperature range from -30°C to +60°C is achieved without heating or fans and with a consumption of only three to four watts.