More informations on the Working Group at the ESPAS home page. See also the ESPAS publications.
Astroclimatology of Sites under Study by
ESO and Other Groups:
-Chajnantor (Chile): a NRAO-NRO-Cornell-ESO Cooperation
-Antarctica: an International Cooperation
-Argentina: North-West Provinces (Catamarca, Salta, Jujuy)
-China: Chinese Large Telescope Site Survey
-Greece: Chelmos Observatory at Neraidorahi peak by the National Observatory of Athens.
-India: Devasthal, Site characterization for the UPSO-TIFR telescope.
-Mexico: San Pedro Martir.
-Namibia: Gamsberg, Reports of the ESO-MPIA 1994-1995 site survey (postscript files).
-Ukraine: Terskol Peak (Russia), an observatory of the National Academy of Science, reference.
-Uzbekistan: Maidanak, an INTAS Cooperation Program.
Sites not yet investigated:
-Arctic: an exhaustive report on Arctic Astronomy including AVHRR polar satellite data by Liviu Ivanescu. Generalities about the Greenland Ice Cap by Holger Pedersen. Geography and Climatology on the GRIDA site.
-Lebanon: Regional Observatory Project
-Iran: site evaluation workshop at IASBS, Zanjan, 2001. Astronomy in the 10th century.
-Portugal: Madeira, Generalities and Bibliography
-The Stratosphere: Generalities and Bibliography
- OH Emission.
- Outer Scale of the turbulence and references
-Vertically integrated water vapour (Feb. 96, average + anomaly)and latest updates. See also the Chapman Conference Report: Water Vapor in the Climate System . Interesting comparison of opacity (Chile-Mauna Kea) in the NRAO MMA Site Survey Also instruments such as the Microwave Water Radiometer from the US Dept. of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Programm.
-Cloud Cover: the Apache Point Observatory IR All-Sky Camera and the ARM Whole Sky Imager. Worldwide Clear Skies survey (NORT project).
-Sky background in space - Earthquakes.
- El Niño.
-Mauna Kea: Keck image quality reports.
-Canary Islands: Tenerife Meteorology, ENO (ORM, OT) site pages, ATST site testing, Office for the Protection of the Quality of the Sky.
-Mexico: Mexican Astronomy Institutions
-Egypt: Kottamia Observatory
Projects looking for a site:
-California Extremely Large Telescope, CELT (University of California / LICK Observatories).
-Cornell Atacama Telescope (Cornell University).
-Maximum Aperture Telescope (MAXAT), now Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope (GSMT, AURA). See related ("La Serena workshop
-Overwhelmingly Large Telescope, OWL (ESO)
-Network of Oriental Robotic Telescopes, NORT.
Links to Global Database:
-World data of cloudiness, precipitable water vapour, climatology and more...
Sites Picture Gallery:
- Mauna Kea Aerial view and close-up
-La Palma Satellite Image
-Antartica satellite view, map showing DOME C location and CIA map
- Gamsberg (Namibia), Aerial view