Maggie Coblentz

Research Installations on Breinosa 

Atmospheric research installations sit on the mountain Breinosa on Svalbard. On March 23, 2022 at 14.00, I followed space physicist Emma Bland, from the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), up the mountain to tour the research installations. At the top we would visit the EISCAT Svalbard radar (ESR), the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO), and the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) site.

The Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO) in Svalbard is an optical observatory located at the archipelago Svalbard. Here optical instruments and non-optical instruments are used for research on the middle and upper atmosphere.

The Breinosa Weather Station measures atmospheric conditions to provide information for weather forecasts and to study the weather and climate. The measurements taken include temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and precipitation amounts.

The EISCAT Svalbard radar (ESR) consists of a 32 m steerable parabolic dish antenna and a 42 m field aligned antenna, operating at 500 MHz.

Special thanks to Emma Bland for sharing her knowledge and experience. 

Copyright Maggie Coblentz, 2022.