Cape Matatula

The American Samoa Observatory is located on the northeastern tip of Tutuila island, American Samoa, on a ridge overlooking the South Pacific Ocean. The observatory was established in 1974 on a 26.7 acre site as one of the NOAA/ESRL GMD Baseline Observatories.

The ALE/GAGE/AGAGE started measuring atmospheric CFC-11, CFC-12, CH3CCl3, CCl4, N2O in 1978, CFC-113 and CH4 in late 1985/early 1986, and CHCl3 in 1996 by using a GC-multidetector (GC-MD) system. A new Medusa GC-MS instrument was installed in May 2006. Both instruments are housed in the NOAA "Hudson" laboratory building adjacent to a 24-meter sampling and cellular telephone tower on the crest of edge. This station is especially important because it is the only in situ field measurement site where both the AGAGE and GMD networks overlap.

The latest data collected from the American Samoa Observatory:
Samoa Observatory Data.

American Samoa Observatory

Latitude: 14° S
Longitude: 171° W
Time Zone: GMT -11 (Samoa Standard Time)
Roofdeck elevation:  
Air intake elevation: 77 m (50 m away from shoreline)
Station PI: Ray Weiss (rfweiss@ucsd.edu)
Station Manager: Lt. (j.g.) Gavin D. Chensue (smo.staff@noaa.gov)
AGAGE Station Contact: Dr. Jens Mühle (jmuhle@ucsd.edu)
Postal address: NOAA Samoa Observatory
P.O. Box 2568
Pago Pago, Cape Matatula, 96799, American Samoa
NOAA Station Contacts: Brian A. Vasel, James W. Elkins