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Here you can find relevant news about the Sonnblilck Observatory from time to time.
 

Measurement campaign at SBO - BOKU calibrates Brewer
Measurement campaign at SBO - BOKU calibrates Brewer

The Brewer spectrophotometer is a sophisticated optical instrument. It allows near-simultaneous observations of total ozone column (TOC) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) between the instrument and the sun. It can also make high-resolution spectral measurements of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in the direct solar beam or across the entire sky. More than 25 years ago, the University of Natural Resources and…

Measurement campaign at SBO - Utrecht University, IMAU: Project NIRA
Measurement campaign at SBO - Utrecht University, IMAU: Project NIRA

In the framework of the "Transnational Access Program" of the EU project INTERACT (supported by the EU Horizon 2020 project INTERACT, grant agreement no. 730938 ) the measurement campaign NIRA is currently taking place at Sonnblick Observatory. NIRA (Nanoplastics In Remote Air: types, concentrations and size distribution) is a measurement campaign of the Institute for Marine and…

Successful student internship at SBO
Successful student internship at SBO

I am Julia Wenske, currently studying in the 2nd master's semester Earth Sciences at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and I had the unique opportunity to complete an internship for 2 weeks at the Sonnblick Observatory at 3106 meters above sea level. In the period from 26 July to 9 August 2021, I was allowed to look behind the scenes and look over the shoulders of the…

Measurement Campaign at SBO: KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Measures INPs with the PINE
Measurement Campaign at SBO: KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Measures INPs with the PINE

The Sonnblick Observatory (SBO) is active in EU projects that support access to our research station for scientists, so-called TNA programs (Trans National Access Program). Through these TNA programs, more measurement campaigns are now taking place at the SBO. Due to strict COVID requirements, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was able to use the Sonnblick Observatory (SBO) for a new…

Measurement campaign TU Braunschweig
Measurement campaign TU Braunschweig

Since Monday, July 12th, 21, the measurement campaign BELIGI (Broadband Electromagnetic Invetigation of Glacier Ice) of the TU Braunschweig has been taking place at the Sonnblick Observatory, as part of the EU-funded INTERACT-III project. The aim of the team is to test different measuring methods for their applicability on glaciers and thus to get an insight into the internal structures of the…

Meteorological start of summer at the Sonnblick Observatory
Meteorological start of summer at the Sonnblick Observatory

Time to look back at the snow depth development of the past winter. On May 28, 2021, the previous maximum of 585cm total snow depth could be measured at the measuring point. This measuring point is about 300m away from the observatory and is measuring since 2012. The previous maximum heights were 566cm on May 28th, 2015 and 560cm on May 30th, 2019. From the graphic you can clearly see that the…

Repeated possession disturbance at Sonnblick Observatory
Repeated possession disturbance at Sonnblick Observatory

Dear Ladies and Gentleman, We are aware, that many of you like to stay in the mountains and also a ski tour on the Hohen Sonnblick is a worthwhile destination here. Unfortunately, there has been an increasing number of illegal property infringements in recent times, in which skiers were climbing on the roof of the Observatory or the measuring terraces. We cannot tolerate this because, on the…

Goodbye after 40 years of employment at Sonnblick Observatory
Goodbye after 40 years of employment at Sonnblick Observatory

Goodbye after 40 years of employment at Sonnblick Observatory 26.04.2021 - the last working day for Ludwig Rasser at the Sonnblick Observatory. In his 40 years at Mt. Hoher Sonnblick, our Lug experienced all the upheavals and changes from a weather station to a modern research station. ZAMG and especially the Sonnblick team wish you all the best for your new phase of life. Thank you for many…

Cloudwater sampling campaign at Hoher Sonnblick
Cloudwater sampling campaign at Hoher Sonnblick

From March 16-18 a proven measuring and collecting method was brought back to life at the Sonnblick Observatory (SBO). For cloud in situ monitoring within the framework of ACTRIS (European research infrastructure for aerosols, clouds and trace gases, www.actris.eu), a test run for cloud water sampling was carried out as part of the internal project "ASBO". Dr. Anne Kasper-Giebl,…

Etna eruption leads to increased sulfur dioxide concentration at the Sonnblick Observatory
Etna eruption leads to increased sulfur dioxide concentration at the Sonnblick Observatory

Sonnblick Observatory records increase in SO2 due to volcanic activity of Mount Etna. A clearly measurable increase in the measured SO2 concentration at the Sonnblick observatory is most likely due to the recent eruption of the Etna volcano in connection with a south-westerly current. During the last eruption in the night of 24.02.21 to 25.02.21, Etna again spat fire and ashes and pushed this…