Polar Observations and Processes

Grand Opening of Tiksi Hydrometeorological Climate Observatory

August 24, 2010

NOAA and Russia's Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet) will host a grand opening ceremony for the Tiksi Hydrometeorological Climate Observatory on 25 August 2010, in Tiksi, Russia. NOAA, NSF, Roshydromet and the Finnish Meteorological Institute have been collaborating for the past four years to finance and equip this remote site, which is the first major Arctic climate station that has been developed through an international cooperation. State-of-the-art equipment installed at this site will take long-term measurements, and the data will be made freely available to the international community. Along with the U.S., Russian scientists and Finnish scientists who were instrumental planning and installing the site, attendees will include Simon Stephenson of the National Science Foundation, Cristina Hansell of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Jack Hayes of NOAA/NWS, and a delegation of Russian officials. Yegor Borisov, President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Artur Chillingarov, Special Representative of the Russian Federation on International co-operation in Arctic and Antarctica, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the Tiksi Observatory on August 23rd, prior to the Grand Opening.

Did you know...

The Arctic Basin is one of the driest parts of the Arctic. Most of the Basin receives less than 10 inches of precipitation per year, qualifying it as a desert.

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