Hydrometeorological centre to operate at highest point of S.Caucasus
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 24 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
In the near future, the centre for hydrometeorological and environmental studies will operate at the highest point of the South Caucasus.
For this purpose, an administrative building of the centre with an area for meteorological observations has been constructed at an altitude of about 3000 meters, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry told Trend on Sept. 24.
According to the ministry, automatic weather station (AWS), produced by the famous Finnish company Vaysala have been installed in the research center, and Mount Shahdagh, at an altitude of 3,500 meters. The AWS is already receiving data of the first meteorological observations. Currently, one of the AWS is being set at a height of 4,200 meters on the top of Tufandag. All necessary equipments have already been delivered to the summit.
Because of instable weather conditions in recent days, experts had to leave the top of the Shahdagh mountain, but installation of the station at the highest point of the South Caucasus (4,200 m) will end soon.
The Research Center for meteorological and environmental studies was established in the north-eastern part of the Greater Caucasus in Azerbaijan to ensure the implementation of the President Ilham Aliyev's decree on "Measures for the integrated hydrometeorological and ecological research of ecosystem of the Bazarduzu-Shahdagh-Tufandag Greater Caucasus."
The center aims at a complex study of highland areas as ecosystems, in particular, the study of the microclimate of the area of hydrological processes in mountain glaciers and climate changes and their impact on the environment, biodiversity.