Building Meteorological Observation Stations in the Taklimakan Desert


A research team from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, joined by researchers from Institute of Desert Meteorology, China Meteorological Administration, Urumqi, is now carrying out a field campaign in central Taklimakan Desert. The in-situ observation, starting on Sept 24, will continue for a year.


The campaign, supported by the Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China, aims to study the atmospheric boundary layer and land-air interaction over the fluctuated sandy surface in the central region of the Taklimakan Desert, and consequently provide knowledge on the atmospheric processes in the arid region, by employing both the in-situ observations and the model simulations.


Discussion of site selection in the twilight. (Image by ZHOU Libo)


Looking for an appropriate site. (Image by ZHOU Libo)


Carrying equipments in the desert. (Image by ZHOU Libo)


Calibrating the equipment. (Image by ZHOU Libo)


The first meteorological observation station is built within 3 days. (Image by ZHOU Libo) 


Building a meteorological observation site in the Taklimakan Desert. (Video by ZHOU Libo)


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