Cooperating Agencies

The Izaña station is located on the Island of Tenerife, Spain, roughly 300 km west of the African coast. The meteorological observatory is situated on a mountain platform , 15 km north-east of the volcano Teide (3718 m a.s.l.). The local wind field at the site is dominated by north-westerly winds. A predominant meteorological attribute of the Canary Islands region is the presence of the trade wind inversion that persists through most of the year and is well below the altitude of the station. The ground in the vicinity around Izaña is loosely covered with light volcanic soil. The vegetation in the surrounding area is sparse, consisting mainly of broom. About 100 m south of the station a road leads to the meteorological observatory, and also serves the astrophysical institute of the Canaries and a nearby military camp.

GMD Projects at Izana, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Carbon Cycle Surface Flasks

Parameter Formula First Sample Date Status
Carbon Dioxide CO2 1991-11-16 Ongoing
Methane CH4 1991-11-16 Ongoing
Carbon Monoxide CO 1991-11-16 Ongoing
Molecular Hydrogen H2 1991-11-16 Ongoing
Nitrous Oxide N2O 1995-08-10 Ongoing
Sulfur Hexafluoride SF6 1995-08-10 Ongoing
Carbon-13/Carbon-12 in Carbon Dioxide d13C (CO2) 1991-11-16 Ongoing
Oxygen-18/Oxygen-16 in Carbon Dioxide d18O (CO2) 1991-11-16 Ongoing
Methyl Chloride CH3Cl 2005-12-21 Ongoing
Benzene C6H6 2006-11-15 Ongoing
toluene C7H8 2006-11-15 Ongoing
ethane C2H6 2005-12-21 Ongoing
ethene C2H4 2005-12-21 Ongoing
propane C3H8 2005-12-21 Ongoing
propene C3H6 2005-12-21 Ongoing
i-butane i-C4H10 2005-12-21 Ongoing
n-butane n-C4H10 2005-12-21 Ongoing
i-pentane i-C5H12 2005-12-21 Ongoing
n-pentane n-C5H12 2005-12-21 Ongoing
n-hexane n-C6H14 2005-12-21 Ongoing
Wind Speed ws 1992-05-13 Ongoing
Wind Direction wd 1992-05-13 Ongoing
isoprene C5H8 2006-11-15 Ongoing
Acetylene C2H2 2010-11-24 Ongoing