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A new lifeline for Sonnblick

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Photo: Land Salzburg / Melanie Hutter

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Photo: Land Salzburg / Melanie Hutter

November 20


from the Salzburg editorial office
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Haslauer: Modern cable cars now lead to an observatory / emergency electricity supply for further security / reports of 3.000er

The trip to Sonnblick Rauriser has ventured to 3,106 meters above sea level. Materials transported in small "Kisterl", namely material cable cars, but also employees and researchers from world-famous observatories must take a dizzying journey with each shift change. It's over now!

In three minutes, overcome the height of three kilometers and 1,477 meters. That's it, the dream of every climber. That has become a reality for researchers and the weather station at Sonnblick Observatory. The new four million euro six-passenger gondola replaces the "Kisterl" which is more than 60 years old and legendary, a material cable car from the 1950s, with adventurous passenger transportation. Now you need to travel there are no nerves like more wire cables, which are only needed for the gondola. Also new: Energy supply and emergency rooms, funded by the State of Salzburg.

A minister and two state governors on the gondola

How important the new gondola as a weatherproof lifeline for the observatory was proven on Tuesday. In winter conditions, but easily and quickly overcame the Minister of Science Wilfried Haslauer, Governor Wilfried Haslauer and Governor Franz Schausberger, he headed the Sonnblick club, 1,477 meters vertically to the summit. ZAMG director Michael Staudinger and head of the observatory, Elke Ludewig, also took refuge from the wind.

Heinz Fassmann: "Extraordinary Extraordinary Research"

"The Sonnblick Observatory combines exceptional location with modern infrastructure. This enables very efficient collaboration from various fields with many synergies. The new cable car is an important step in strengthening the location of this extraordinary international research," Minister of Science Faßmann stressed on the opportunity to travel first. And he added: "Every year around 40 national and international projects run in various disciplines, for basic research and for immediate practical applications for the benefit of the population. Not only Sonnblick Observatory benefits from weather forecasting and climate research, but also biology, medicine and meteorology works together in the field of UV radiation. Very sensitive measuring devices detect immediately when the proportion of pollutants or radioactivity in the air increases. "

Wilfried Haslauer: "Strong science location"

Weather and climate data – they were recorded since 1886 – Sonnblick is internationally sought. "This is the jackpot we have here on the land of Salzburg. With the new track, more teams have the opportunity to work at 3,000. As far as I know, there have been a lot of registrations from all over the world. "Governor Wilfried Haslauer stressed. The observatory offers three main advantages in one: data that is not falsified through location, a series of long measurements and now the infrastructure to easily reach the high mountains.

A "new" emergency power supply increases security

The Province of Salzburg has promoted new emergency electricity supplies, the key to more safety and better care. "We are here at 3,000er, helicopter-related weather, of course, not always possible, we see today in this snowstorm. Thanks to emergency power supplies, trains can almost always travel – important factors in rescue chains in the event of a medical emergency , "said Governor of the Province of Haslauer.

Elke Ludewig: "Pure air"

Elke Ludewig, director of the observatory, he also conducted research in Antarctica, including: "Comparable research stations such as the Jungfraujoch or Mauna Loa in Hawaii have the disadvantage that local pollutants make it difficult or even impossible to collect data. Not so with the Sonnblick. the observatory has so far been very difficult to access. Thanks to the new train, we can respond positively to long-term requests from the international research team for clean air projects. "

Facts and Figures about Sonnblick Observatory

Sonnblick Verein Observatory, operator is the Central Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG). Observe and measure the weather station at 3,106 meters above sea level. Open locations at the main Alpine Ridge provide very informative results. Since 1886, the weather in Sonnblick Rauriser has been observed and recorded, which is unique in the world. The observatory has not been occupied for several years, only a few days. Weather stations work in shifts, sometimes under the most difficult conditions in the highlands of the mountains, seven days a week. Every 14 days is a change in shift. Four million euros is invested in a new cable car. Participants were Sonnblick Verein, Ministry and State of Salzburg. The official opening ceremony of the cable car will be held by Sonnblick Verein in the early summer. At Sonnblick studied internationally, a series of measurements was carried out. A similar station is located on the Jungfraujoch, on the Zugspitze, but also on Mauna Loa in Hawaii. However, data from Rauris is urgently needed when it comes to climate change, glacier research and possible predictions.

Source: State of Salzburg

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