International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958: Drifting Station Alpha Documentary Film

Metadata Updated: November 10, 2020

This film documents the activities that occurred on Drifting Station Alpha in the Arctic Ocean during the International Geophysical Year, 1957 to 1958. The film is narrated by project leader, Norbert Untersteiner, and chronicles the life of the team as they built their camp and set up experiments. Station Alpha was the first long-term scientific base on arctic pack ice operated by a Western country. At the time of its establishment, Russia had already operated six drifting ice camps of this kind. However, due to the strategic importance and sensitivity of the Arctic Basin, little information from these early stations had reached the West. The documentary was filmed and produced by Frans van der Hoeven (Senior Scientist at Station Alpha) and Norbert Untersteiner (Scientific Leader of Station Alpha). Station Alpha drifted in an area of the Arctic ocean located 500 km north of Barrow, Alaska USA from April 1957 to November 1958; the film covers this entire time period. Digitized copies of the film are available on DVD.

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License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Date August 13, 2015
Metadata Created Date October 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2020
Reference Date(s) July 31, 2009 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date August 13, 2015
Metadata Created Date October 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2020
Reference Date(s) July 31, 2009 (publication)
Responsible Party (Principal Investigator); Delft Univerisyt of Technology (Principal Investigator); National Snow and Ice Data Center (Point of Contact)
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Metadata Type geospatial
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Temporal Extent Begin 19570401
Temporal Extent End 19581130

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