Federal Environment Agency

Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Global Station Zugspitze/Hohenpeißenberg
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Platform Zugspitze of the GAW Global Observatory Zugspitze/Hohenpeissenberg

is operated by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the German Meteorological Service (DWD).

At platform Zugspitze the Federal Environment Agency measures radiative forcing gases, chemical reactive atmospheric trace substances and aerosols in the Environment Research Station Schneefernerhaus. The German Meteorological Service mainly measures synoptic data, radiation and radioactivity on the Zugspitze summit (2960 m above sea level) and in the Schneefernerhaus.

The measurement program at Platform Hohenpeissenberg which is operated also by German Meteorological Service includes reactive atmospheric trace substances, aerosols, ozone profiles and precipitation. More information about the measurement programs is shown on the referring Internet homepages.

Station Zugspitze/Hohenpeissenberg delivers data for central Europe. The next situated Gaw global station Mace Head in north-west is at the west coast of Ireland, in north at Sodankylae in Finland at the polar circle, in the east in Bulgaria Beo-Moussala at Rila mountain and in China on mount Waliguan, in South at Taman Rasset in the Algerian Sahara and on Tenerife/Canary Islands as also in south-west on Jungfraujoch in Switzerland.

The measurement stations on the Hohen Sonnblick in Austria (3100 m. a.s.l.) and at Jungfraujoch (3580 m m. a.s.l.) in Switzerland, as also Hohenpeissenberg and Zugspitze in Germany take part in a cooperation within the framework of the DACH program for the joint evaluation of regional and globally relevant measurement data and time series.

Measurements of the Federal Environment Agency at platform Zugspitze

The measurement program of the federal environment agency at platform Zugspitze contains radiative forcing gases, chemical reactive trace substances and aerosols. The following table gives an overview of the measured components:

Radiative forcing gases

Reactive trace gases

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

Ozone (O3)

Methane (CH4)

Nitrogen oxides (NO, NO2, NOX, NOy)

Nitrous Oxide (N2O)

Peroxiacetylnitrate (PAN)

Sulfur hexa fluoride (SF6)

Carbonmonoxide (CO)

Halogenated Hydrocarbons (in preparation)



Fine and ultra-fine aerosols, size spectra of the number concentrations of aerosols from 10-800nm, without and after treatment by thermodenuder at 300°C, PM10 , measured with beta absorption, PM10 mass, black carbon, number concentration, condensation nuclei, forward and backward scattering coefficients of atmospheric aerosols at blue, green and red wavelength.



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