Meteorology

Meteorology

Data is available from a number of automatic weather stations operating in the upper Rofental, as well as from longer term measurement sites, and temporary meteorological installations associated with specific experiments. Most meteorological data will be recorded and updated in the living data repository associated with Earth System Science Data publication on The Rofental: a high Alpine research basin (1890–3770 m a.s.l.) in the Ötztal Alps (Austria) with over 150 years of hydrometeorological and glaciological observations

 

Totalizing precipitation gauges:

The totalizing rain gauges are operated by the Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences of the University of Innsbruck with financial support by the Hydrographic Service of Tyrol. Readings are undertaken every 2 months in summer with a break in winter. These totals are then redistributed to monthly values using data from the weighing rain gauge in Vent.

Vent 1900m
1905 - present
data
Hochjochhospiz 2360m
1952 - present
data
Vernagtbrücke 2600m
1965 - present
data
Proviantdepot 2737m
1952 - present
data
Rofenberg 2827m
1952 - present
data
Latschbloder 2910m
1965 - present
data
Hintereis station 2964m
1952 - present
data
Saykogel 2990m
1963 - 1980
data
Schwarzkögele 3075m
1963 - 1977
data
Guslar 2920m
1964 - 1981
data
Samoar 2650m 1966 - 1974 data
Hintereisalm 2900m 1965 - 1987 data

Further to these totalizing precipitation gauges, in recent years, 5 of the automatic weather stations in the region (see below) have been instrumented with automatic OTT pluviometers.

 

Automatic weather stations:

The specifications of these automatic weather stations vary, and are detailed in the Earth System Science Data publication on The Rofental: a high Alpine research basin (1890–3770 m a.s.l.) in the Ötztal Alps (Austria) with over 150 years of hydrometeorological and glaciological observations. These data are partially available online, otherwise are available on request via the operating institution.

Vent
1907m
1935 - present

data (1935-2011)

data (2012-2016)

Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, Innsbruck
Station Hintereis 3026m

data (2010)

data (2011)

data

Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, Innsbruck
Im Hintern Eis

2017 - present

Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, Innsbruck
Hintereisferner   2014 - present   Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, Innsbruck
Vernachtbach
2640m
1974 - present
data (2002 - 2012)

Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Munich

Live data feed here

Schwartzkögele
3075m
1976 - present

Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Munich
Vernagtferner

2003 - present
data (1968 -1987)
Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Munich
Latschbloder
2919m
2013 - present

data (2013)

data (2014)

data (2015)

data (2016)

data (2017)

Geography, Innsbruck

AWS website

Live data feed here

Bella Vista
2805m
2015 - present

data (2015)

data (2016)

data (2017)

 

Geography, Innsbruck

AWS website

 

Teufelsegg
3035m

data
Hydrographic Office of the Civil Protection Agency of the
Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol
Grawand
3220m

data Hydrographic Office of the Civil Protection Agency of the
Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol
Vernagt 1950m   data Hydrographic Office of the Civil Protection Agency of the
Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol

Short term projects, dedicated to measuring the surface mass balance of snow and ice on the glacier involved
temporary installations of AWSs on the glaciers of the region:

  • Obleitner, F. (1994) Climatological features of glacier and valley winds at the Hintereisferner (Ötztal Alps, Austria), Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 49, 225–239.

 

Historical data:

In addition to these digital automatic weather station, analogue weather records from the historical terminus of Hintereisferner are held by the Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, Innsbruck.

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