Volume 3, Issue 1 (March 2017)

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Long-Term Variations in Infrasound Signals Observed at Syowa Station, Antarctica: 2008-2014

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DOI: 10.4236/inframatics.2017.31001    810 Downloads   1,275 Views  Citations


Long-term Infrasound data at Syowa Station (SYO; 39E, 69S), in the Lützow-Holm Bay (LHB), East Antarctica was analyzed during the period from 2008 to 2014. Seasonal variations in microbaroms and high-frequency harmonic tremors were especially investigated. Infrasound data were strongly involved in local dynamics of surface environments. The microbaroms have relatively low amplitudes in austral winters by extending area of sea-ice around LHB, with decreasing oceanic swell loading effects. The other reasons of seasonal variations in microbaroms amplitudes were caused by the affections of a number of storms during whole year and snow accumulation over the porous hoses on the infrasound station at SYO. In contrast, non-linear high-frequency harmonic tremors were considered to be caused by the katabatic winds from Antarctic continent flowing in northeast dominant orientation. The high-frequency tremors had characteristics of daily variations in particular in austral summer. It is required to continue more than a few years of observation in order to identify relationships with climate change and global warming effects in the Antarctic. Continuous measurement of infrasound in the coastal margin of Antarctica is a proxy for monitoring multi-sphere interaction between the continent and surrounding Southern Ocean.

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Ishihara, Y., Yamamoto, M.-Y., Murayama, T., Matsushima, T. and Kanao, M. (2017) Long-Term Variations in Infrasound Signals Observed at Syowa Station, Antarctica: 2008-2014. InfraMatics, 3, 1-10. doi: 10.4236/inframatics.2017.31001.

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