A team of experts from the National Geographic Society has set up “the world’s highest weather station” on Mount Everest to automatically measure various meteorological events.
The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) of Nepal said the automatic weather station was installed a few meters below Summit Point last week because the Summit’s snow and ice equipment was not suitable for fixing.
Meteorological monitoring systems, powered by solar energy, are supposed to measure various meteorological phenomena such as air temperature, wind speed and direction, wind pressure, changes in snow surface altitude and incoming and outgoing short and long wave radiation.
The Natzio team, led by Baker Perry, a climate scientist at Appalachian State University in the United States, included climbers and scientists, many of whom climbed the world’s highest peak while installing the weather station.
The team spent a month near Everest and also maintained other stations, including one in South Cole, the Himalayan Times reported.
DHM and National Geographic have signed a memorandum of understanding to operate five automated weather stations installed by NatGeo to provide nearby real-time information on mountain conditions.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding, the National Geographic team will fully operate the stations by 2025, before handing over the technology to the Government of Nepal in 2026, the report said.
According to DHM officials, the team returned to Kathmandu after completing the mission.
Kamal Ram Yoshi, director general of DHM, said the department had requested the Natgio team to send data directly to the Nepalese authorities without channeling through the Natgio server, as it has been doing so far.
A Chinese expedition has installed an automatic weather monitoring system at an altitude of 6,800 meters north of Everest, the report said.
According to Chinese media reports, Beijing has set up eight stations on Mount Everest from 5,200 meters to 8,800 meters, with four stations over 7,000 meters at 7,028 meters, 7,790 meters, 8,300 meters and 8,800 meters.
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