The Blanket Effect is intended for others to learn about weather modification and its related subjects in an easy to understand way. Started in 2005, this blog is a work in progress as the technology advances

December 12, 2007

NOAA Races To Erect Stations

(note: It seems that NOAA wasted no time in erecting weather ground stations in the Russian region after the 2003 and 2005 agreements with Russia's meteorological agency. Below is a description of the type of ground station and where NOAA is putting them. All images can be clicked for detail)

(from and NOAA/ESRL)

Alice-SC™ ground station

Universal Alice-SC™ ground station is intended for receiving and processing of the imagery transmitted from polar-orbital satellites in 1.7GHz frequency.

The station provides for the RS data reception and processing from the following satellites:

  • MetOp
  • FengYun
  • NPOESS (to be launched in 2013)

(image below: ground stations of the Alice-SC in the Russian region)

The Hydrometeorological Observatory of Tikski

Planning and Implementation

Tiksi, Russia has been selected as the location for development of a new Intensive Arctic Observatory site representing a partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet).

The existing weather station (image right) in Tiksi was replaced in the summer/fall of 2006 with a new building which has additional laboratory and roof space intended to support instruments for research, climate studies and monitoring studies.

Present plans are to build a second facility in the summer of 2007 1.5 km north west of the new Roshydromet weather station.

The site for the second facility
has been selected so that the surrounding terrain is horizontally homogeneous, undisturbed, and with a significant clean air sector.

The second facility will include towers, roof space, air sampling stacks and boardwalks to maintain the pristine environment.

NOAA hosted a delegation from Russia that included engineers from Tiksi, managers from the Moscow and Yakutsk Roshydromet offices, and Russian scientists with research interests in Tiksi.

The Arctic research community was invited to attend this meeting with requests, experience, expressions of interest and ideas for development of this new research and monitoring facility.

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