As part of the Long Term Ecological Research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, meteorological data are collected from various locations throughout the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. These files contain data for the Beacon Valley Meteorological Station daily averages, as derived from the 15-min data. Data gaps in 15 minute data were not filled to produce this dataset. Beacon Valley Meteorological Station ceased operations in the 2012 season.
Knowledge of the McMurdo Dry Valley (MDV) lakes is limited by winter access, a period which is most relevant in understanding the habitability of other icy worlds and critical to understanding the overall function of these lakes. Owing to the lack of winter access, data that normally require human presence are incomplete. Our goal was to conduct the first year-round investigation of the biogeophysics of these unique lakes. An important part of the McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) is evaluating carbon and nitrogen budgets in perennial ice-covered lakes.