Automatic weather Station Pasterze
The automatic weather station (AWS) was built up in October 2012 on Pasterze Glacier. The following measurements were recorded on this site: air temperature at two different levels, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, snow height and radiation balance between incoming short-wave and long-wave versus surface reflected short-wave and outgoing long-wave radiation.
The data is collected with a solar powered datalogger and stored to a CF-card every 10 minutes. The radiation measurements are stored every minute. The data is collected automatically to a database.
The station is set as a “floating” station on a quadpod standing on the ice. Since July 2015 an automatic ablation sensor was added to the station.
As there is only 1 to 1.5 m snow during winter season the maintenance of the station is more easy than the stations at Sonnblick.
During winter there is no access to the station. The Großglockner Hochalpenstraße is closed from beginning of November to end of April and the route to the AWS is quite unsafe due to risk of avalanches.