The worlds highest weather station was recently installed at Everest South Col, at about 8,000 meters altitude. The setting up went well and was accomplished within four hours. A team of two Italian mountaineers and several Sherpas worked together without additional oxygen masks to install the station.
The weather station sends unique and valuable data, which will dcisively contribute to climate change studies. The sensors sample and acquire environmental data like temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, solar radiation and precipitation.
The measures taken at South Col will help to better identify and analyze episodes of ozone-rich air masses transport from the stratosphere. Ozone is a pollutant and important climate-altering compound. Data acquired from South Col will also be very useful to validate analysis and meteorological forecasts and to make tests and correlations.
Live data from the weather station is available at the Share Everest 2011 website.