The goal of this programme is to obtain a high-quality continuous climate record for Scott Base and Arrival Heights in Antarctica, and archive it in NIWA's publicly accessible climate database. Scott Base is one of 47 reference climate stations for the New Zealand region managed by NIWA, and climate observations (wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, global solar radiation, diffuse solar radiation and direct solar radiation) are recorded there daily.
This climate record began in 1957 and is one of the longest continuous records in Antarctica. Wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity and global solar radiation are also recorded at Arrival Heights. The measurements are needed for characterising the local climate and state of the environment, identifying climate variations and changes, and in research on climate-sensitive processes and ecosystems. This programme also includes measurements from the sea level recorder installed at Scott Base.