A mobile observatory powered by sun and wind for near real time measurements of atmospheric, glacial, terrestrial, limnic and coastal oceanic conditions in remote off-grid areas

Published: 14 June 2022| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/5gfmy98kcj.2
Contributors:
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Description

Climate change is rapidly altering the Arctic environment. Although long-term environmental observations have been made at a few locations in the Arctic, the incomplete coverage from ground stations is the main limit to observations in these remote areas. Here we present a multi-purpose mobile observatory (ARC-MO) powered by sun and wind, enabling near real time measurements in the air, ice, land, rivers and ocean in remote off-grid areas. Two test units were constructed and placed in Northeast Greenland where they have collected data from cabled and wireless instruments in the environment since late summer 2021. The two units can communicate locally via WiFi (units placed 25 km apart) and transmit near-real time data globally over satellite. Data are streamed live and accessible from (https://gios.org). The cost of one mobile observatory unit is c. 304.000€. These test units demonstrate the possibility for integrative and automated environmental data collection in remote coastal areas and could serve as models for a proposed global observatory system

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Institutions

Aarhus Universitet Faculty of Natural Sciences

Categories

Meteorology, Oceanography, Terrestrial Ecosystem, Arctic Region, River Ecosystem, Glaciology, Climate Data

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