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Izaña Atmospheric Research Center. Activity Report 2012-2014

WMO/GAW Report No. 219



Emilio Cuevas (Izaña Atmospheric Research Center (IARC), AEMET)

Celia Milford (Centre for Research in Sustainable Chemistry, University of Huelva; IARC, AEMET)

Oksana Tarasova (World Meteorological Organization)


The Izaña Atmospheric Research Center, which is part of the State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET), is a site of excellence in atmospheric science. It manages four observatories in Tenerife including the high altitude Izaña Atmospheric Observatory. The Izaña Atmospheric Observatory was inaugurated in 1916 and since that date has carried out uninterrupted meteorological and climatological observations, contributing towards a unique 100-year record to be reached in 2016.


This report is a summary of the many activities at the Izaña Atmospheric Research Center to the broader community. The combination of operational activities, research and development in state-of-the-art measurement techniques, calibration and validation and international cooperation encompass the vision of WMO to provide world leadership in expertise and international cooperation in weather, climate, hydrology and related environmental issues.


1      Organization

2      Mission and Background

3      Facilities and Summary of Measurements

4      Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Cycle

5      Reactive Gases and Ozonesondes

6      Total Ozone Column and Ultraviolet Radiation

7      Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

8      In situ Aerosols

9      Column Aerosols

10    Radiation

11    Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS)

12    Water Vapour

13    Meteorology

14    Aerobiology

15    Phenology

16    AERONET-Europe Calibration Service

17    Regional Brewer Calibration Center for Europe (RBCC-E)

18    Calima Warning System

19    Sand and Dust Storm Centres

20    North Africa AERONET/PHOTONS network

21    GAW Ushuaia twinning programme

22    GAW Tamanrasset twinning programme

23    WMO CIMO Testbed for Aerosols and Water Vapour Remote Sensing Instruments

24    Technological Projects

25    Capacity Building Activities

26    Publications

27    PhD Theses

28    Science Communication

29    List of scientific projects

30    List of major national and international networks and programmes

31    Staff

32    List of Acronyms

33    Acknowledgements

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