Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (IMAU)

Ice and Climate: Automatic Weather Stations on glaciers

 

Arctic stations

Ice and Climate:
Automatic Weather Stations on glaciers


Introduction

AWS in the Arctic regions of Europe. On some glaciers the AWS are part of a larger ongoing measuring program that includes mass balance and glacier velocity observations. The stations marked bold are still operational.


The Arctic stations

>  Nordenskiöldbreen, Svalbard, Norway

>  Ulvebreen, Svalbard, Norway

>  Langfjordjøkelen, Norway

>  Breidamerkurjökull (Vatnajökull), Iceland


Nordenskiöldbreen, Svalbard, Norway

Location:

78°42' N, 17°01' E, ~530 m a.s.l. (Argos id:29014)

Operational:

March 2009 to still operational

Live data:

LINK

Remarks:

Each year the station is visited at the end of winter. Additional projects on this glacier are monitoring ice velocity and mass balance.

Map iWS GPS position:

  

Ulvebreen, Svalbard, Norway

Location:

78°12' N, 18°41' E, ~140 m a.s.l. (Argos id:29057)

Operational:

August 2015 to still operational

Live data:

LINK

Remarks:

The station was placed as part of the Netherlands Scientific Expedition Edgeøya Spitsbergen in 2015.
(Photo © Helga van Leur)

Map iWS GPS position:

  

Langfjordjøkelen, Norway

Location:

70°08' N, 21°45' E, ~600 m a.s.l.

Operational:

August 2007 - August 2010

Remarks:

The project was a cooperation with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).

 

Breidamerkurjökull (Vatnajökull), Iceland

Location:

64°06' N, 16°03' W, ~275 m a.s.l.

Operational:

May 1996 to May 2009

Remarks:

The university of Iceland has taken over maintenance of the station. Additional projects on this glacier were monitoring of the glacier front and ice velocity.