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https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2017-85
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21 Aug 2017
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The Rofental: a high Alpine research basin (1890 m – 3770 m a.s.l.) in the Ötztal Alps (Austria) with over 150 years of hydro-meteorological and glaciological observations
Ulrich Strasser1, Thomas Marke1, Ludwig Braun3, Heidi Escher-Vetter3, Irmgard Juen2, Michael Kuhn2, Fabien Maussion2, Christoph Mayer3, Lindsey Nicholson2, Klaus Niedertscheider4, Rudolf Sailer1, Johann Stötter1, Markus Weber5, and Georg Kaser2 1Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, 6020, Austria
2Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, 6020, Austria
3Geodesy and Glaciology, Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Munich, 80539, Germany
4Hydrographic Service of Tyrol, Innsbruck, 6020, Austria
5Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Technical University of Munich, Munich, 80333, Germany
Abstract. A comprehensive hydrometeorological and glaciological data set is presented, originating from a multitude of recordings at several intensively operated research sites in the Rofental (1891–3772 m a.s.l., Ötztal Alps, Austria). The data sets are spanning a period of 150 years and hence represent a unique, worldwide unprecedented pool of high mountain observations. Their collection has originally been initiated to support the scientific investigation of the glaciers Hintereis-, Kesselwand- and Vernagtferner. Later, additional measurements of meteorological and hydrological variables have been undertaken; data now comprise records of temperature, relative humidity, short- and longwave radiation, wind speed and direction, air pressure, precipitation and water levels. For the glaciers, annual mass balance, glacier front variation and flow velocities as well as photographic images of the glacier status have been recorded. Since 2001, a series of distributed (airborne and terrestrial) laserscans has been processed. Most recently, a permanent terrestrial laser scanner installed on "Im hintern Eis" (3244 m a.s.l.) enables to continuously observe almost the entire area of Hintereisferner. The data and research undertaken at the sites of investigation enable combined research of atmospheric, cryospheric and hydrological processes in complex terrain, and support the development of several state-of-the art hydroclimatological and glacier mass balance models. The institutions taking part in the Rofental research framework have joined to a cooperation consortium and promote their site in several international research initiatives. In the framework of INARCH, all original research data sets are now provided to the scientific community according to the Creative Commons Attribution License by means of the PANGAEA repository (https://doi.org/doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.876120).

Citation: Strasser, U., Marke, T., Braun, L., Escher-Vetter, H., Juen, I., Kuhn, M., Maussion, F., Mayer, C., Nicholson, L., Niedertscheider, K., Sailer, R., Stötter, J., Weber, M., and Kaser, G.: The Rofental: a high Alpine research basin (1890 m – 3770 m a.s.l.) in the Ötztal Alps (Austria) with over 150 years of hydro-meteorological and glaciological observations, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2017-85, in review, 2017.
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The Rofental: a high Alpine research basin (1890 m - 3770 m a.s.l.) in the Ötztal Alps (Austria) with over 150 years of hydro-meteorological and glaciological observations.
Strasser, Ulrich; Braun, Ludwig N; Escher-Vetter, Heidi; Juen, Irmgard; Kuhn, Michael; Marke, Thomas; Maussion, Fabien; Mayer, Christoph; Nicholson, Lindsey; Niedertscheider, Klaus; Sailer, Rudolf; Stötter, Johann; Weber, Markus; Kaser, Georg.
https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.876120
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A hydrometeorological and glaciological data set is presented with recordings from several research sites in the Rofental (1891–3772 m a.s.l., Ötztal Alps, Austria). The data sets are spanning 150 years and represent a unique pool of high mountain observations, enabling combined research of atmospheric, cryospheric and hydrological processes in complex terrain, and the development of state-of-the art hydroclimatological and glacier mass balance models.
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