WMO-CIMO Testbed Hohenpeissenberg (Germany)

WMO-CIMO Testbed for GAW Observations of Reactive Gases and Aerosols, Hohenpeissenberg Meteorological Observatory (Hohenpeissenberg, Germany)

General Site Information

For more than 230 years the Hohenpeissenberg Meteorological Observatory (MOHp) has been a permanent observing site in a rural landscape with the main focus on meteorological observations and, more recently, on precipitation processes, ozone and atmospheric composition. Mount Hoher Peissenberg is the most noteworthy elevation (989 m a.s.l.) of the Bavarian pre-alpine plateau north of the Alps. It overlooks the surrounding landscapes lying about 250 m below it. Monthly mean temperatures (1961 to 1990) vary between minus 1.6 °C (January) and plus 15 °C (July), while the mean annual precipitation (1961 to 1990) is about 1200 mm. Starting observations in 1781 the observatory holds the longest temperature time series of a mountain station world-wide. Since the late 1960s main research topics are:

• ozone research,
• atmospheric composition (trace species and aerosol measurements), and
• radar meteorology focusing on precipitation processes.

The observatory:
• is a climate reference site of the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), 
• operates a WMO class II weather station including routine radio soundings and ozone,
  soundings two times (May to Oct) and three times (Nov to Apr) a week,
• is a Global Station within the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) program (since 1994),
• is a Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) station (since 1994),
• is host of the Dobson Calibration Centre for the RA VI (since 1999), 
• is a Network for the Detection of Mesospheric Change (NDMC) station (since 2004) ,
• is an Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) station (since 2013) ,
• is an Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) station (since 2014),
• is an European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET) station (since 2015).
Testbed location: 47.801 °N; 11.011 °E
Climate type: Cfb (maritime temperate, all year wet climate)
Contact person: Dr Christian Plass-Dülmer
Email: Christian.Plass-Duelmer@dwd.de

Deutscher Wetterdienst
Hohenpeissenberg Meteorological Observatory
Albin-Schwaiger-Weg 10, D-82383 Hohenpeissenberg, Germany

Tel: +49 69 8062 9700
Fax: +49 69 8062 9707
Website: http://www.dwd.de/mohp
Further Information
Biennial Reports
Biennial Report - 2020