Sonnblick Observatory - Austria

Basic Information
Site Name
Sonnblick Observatory
Short name
SBO
Country
Austria
Site Manager
Site Description
The Sonnblick Observatory is located in the Austrian Central Alps at an elevation of 3100 m a.s.l. It is situated at the alpine main divide, which is a clear climatological border. It also lies in the “Nationalpark Hohe Tauern” which covers 1856 km2 of the Austrian Alps. Research of the Sonnblick Observatory is currently formulated in the research programme ENVISON. It covers three main topics (the atmosphere, the cryosphere, and the biosphere) in an extensive monitoring programme and with many research projects.The Sonnblick Observatory is outstanding with respect to its long-term climate observations and studies on glacier changes. Thus, the impact of Climate Change on the cryosphere is a major research topic at the Sonnblick Observatory. Since 1886, the observatory is also involved in many international projects on atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric physics. The research is described on www.sonnblick.net. The Sonnblick Observatory cooperates with several Austrian and international universities/research institutions. Within the frame of the GAW-DACH cooperation, Sonnblick has a special partnership with the observatories Jungfraujoch (in Switzerland), Zugspitze and Hohenpeissenberg (both Germany) for common research on atmospheric processes and Climate Change. The Sonnblick observatory ist part of the BSRN-Network, LTER Austria, ACTRIS, etc.
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2021-11-23 11:11:45

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The Sonnblick Observatory and the alpine hut Zittelhaus at Mt. Hoher Sonnblick, view from the East. Photo:M.Staudinger, ZAMG

The Sonnblick Observatory and the alpine hut Zittelhaus at Mt. Hoher Sonnblick, view from the East. Photo:M.Staudinger, ZAMG

The Sonnblick Observatory (right) and the alpine hute Zittelhaus (left), view from the South. Photo:G.Weyss, ZAMG

The Sonnblick Observatory (right) and the alpine hute Zittelhaus (left), view from the South. Photo:G.Weyss, ZAMG

The Sonnblick Observatory in Winter. Photo: M.Daxbacher, ZAMG

The Sonnblick Observatory in Winter. Photo: M.Daxbacher, ZAMG

Föhn storm at the ridge of Mt.Hoher Sonnblick. Photo: N.Daxbacher, ZAMG

Föhn storm at the ridge of Mt.Hoher Sonnblick. Photo: N.Daxbacher, ZAMG

"Laboratory above and in the clouds . Sonnblick Observatory". Photo: L.Rasser, ZAMG

"Laboratory above and in the clouds . Sonnblick Observatory". Photo: L.Rasser, ZAMG

The Sonnblick Observatory, view from the main ridge. Photo: E.Ludewig, ZAMG

The Sonnblick Observatory, view from the main ridge. Photo: E.Ludewig, ZAMG

Geographic
Size
200.00ha
Elevation (average)
2850.00msl
Elevation (min)
1500.00msl
Elevation (max)
3100.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P)The affiliation of this site with "Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P)" is not verified by the network on DEIMS-SDR.
Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW)The affiliation of this site with "Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW)" is not verified by the network on DEIMS-SDR.
WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW)The affiliation of this site with "WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW)" is not verified by the network on DEIMS-SDR.
LTER EuropeThis site is a verified "LTER Europe" member.
ACTRISThe affiliation of this site with "ACTRIS" is not verified by the network on DEIMS-SDR.
World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS)The affiliation of this site with "World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS)" is not verified by the network on DEIMS-SDR.
INTERACT (https://eu-interact.org/field-sites/sonnblick-observatory/)This site is a verified "INTERACT" member.
LTER Austria (LTER_EU_AT_022)This site is a verified "LTER Austria" member.
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