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2019 > 07

We are building a new ‘staff’ house at Tarfala Research Station. It includes 7 bedrooms, an office, bathroom and drying-room and will hopefully be ready by mid-July. It is a sturdy construction which is necessary to withstand the hurricane force winds that most often occur during winter. However, this year we were exposed to winds up to 40m/s and snowdrift at the end of June, which is unusual and not very pleasant! For the glaciers it meant an extra snow contribution to the mass balance.
Photografer: Gunhild Rosqvist.

First measurement round on the upper part of Storglaciären 9th July. Here we monitor the successive snow and ice melt during the summer. Photografer:Tom Kirkpatrick

Checking the automatic weather station located at 1350 m a sl on Storglaciären. The Sonic Ranger (SR50) instrument is in focus which measures the distance to the snow surface. Photografer:Tom Kirkpatrick

SITES Water
Calibration for discharge measurements in the Tarfala-river. Pressure transducers and a sonar-instrument are used to measure water-pressure and distance to the water surface in the Tarfala-river. Calibration using fluorescein provides data on water discharge out from the Tarfala valley. Four glaciers contribute with meltwater to the river.

SITES Spectral
NDVI sensors are now mounted in Laevasvagge. The valley is located 20 km northeast of Tarfala and is important for reindeer grazing during spring and autumn. Here an automatic weather station records several meteorological parameters including snow depth.

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New SMHI SYNOP-station at the Abisko Scientific Research Station. Photographer: Annika Kristofferson. New SMHI SYNOP-station at the Abisko Scientific Research Station. Photographer: Annika Kristofferson.

In a collaboration between the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, Abisko is now a part of the extensive network of SYNOP-stations covering Sweden. The weather station is placed on the Observation hill at the Abisko Scientific Research Station, where the station’s own weather monitoring has been going on since 1913.
 
 

New SMHI SYNOP-station at the Abisko Scientific Research Station. Photographer: Annika Kristofferson. New SMHI SYNOP-station at the Abisko Scientific Research Station. Photographer: Annika Kristofferson.

The new SYNOP-station measures temperature, precipitation, air pressure, wind, air moisture, sight, and cloud-base height. The radiation sensors are in the process of being upgraded.
 
SYNOP observations from all of Sweden can be found at  https://www.smhi.se/vadret/vadret-i-sverige/observationer

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