Environmental Research Station (UFS) at Mount Zugspitze, German Alps

The Environmental Research Station at the Schneefernerhaus is an unique research station located at 2650m ASL in the bavarian Alps just 300m below the Zugspitze mountain (Germany's highest mountain). Due to the high elevation especially radiometric measurements at higher frequencies are less affected by water vapor and boundary layer. This has clear advantages for the measurements of cloud liquid water as well as for snowfall studies.
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Löhnert, U., S. Kneifel, A. Battaglia, M. Hagen, L. Hirsch, S. Crewell, 2011: A multi-sensor approach towards a better understanding of snowfall microphysics: The TOSCA project, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 92, 613–628,

Details

Location

Mount Zugspitze, German Alps, 2650 m asl

From

11/1/05

To

Contributing Institutions

Description

The Environmental Research Station at the Schneefernerhaus is an unique research station located at 2650m ASL in the bavarian Alps just 300m below the Zugspitze mountain (Germany's highest mountain). Due to the high elevation especially radiometric measurements at higher frequencies are less affected by water vapor and boundary layer. This has clear advantages for the measurements of cloud liquid water as well as for snowfall studies.

Scientific objectives of the projects and instruments supervised by the University of Cologne:

  • Long-term observations of vertical profiles of temperature and humidity
  • Long-term observation of integrated water vapor (IWV) and liquid water path (LWP)
  • Investigation of super-cooled liquid water clouds
  • Retrieval of snowfall quantities like snow water path (SWP) and snowflake orientation especially at higher frequency channels

Quicklooks:

Measurements started in Nov. 2005 and are still ongoing (Unique long-term dataset of remote sensing (MWR (21-31, 51-60, 90, 150 GHz), ceilometer, MRR, cloud radar) cloud and precipitation observations from a mountain station)

Environmental Research Station (UFS) at Mount Zugspitze, German Alps
Environmental Research Station (UFS) at Mount Zugspitze, German Alps
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