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  • Station or cluster: CryoNet Station
  • Type: Primary
  • Attribute(s): Research
  • Belongs to cluster: Qilianshan site
  • WMO ID (if any):
  • Shape: polygon
  • Latitude, longitude: 37.5, 96.5
  • Altitude and/or range (m): 4180
  • Landscape: Glacier
  • Year established: 2006
  • Year-round? Yes
  • Operations contact: Xiang Qin
  • Science contact: Xiang Qin
  • Data contact: Yushuo Liu

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laohugou station
Primary CryoNet Station Information

The observation of cryospheric component, such as glacier. was initiated in 1958, and ceased in 1962. Afterwards, some short-term scientific expedition to the glacier was taken in the middle of 1970s and the 1980s. In 2006, an integrated cryospheric component monitoring network was resumed at the headwater of the Shule River.

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Measurement Methods Used

Data Information


The measurements made at laohugou station are listed in the following tables. (Note: If End Year is blank, measurements are ongoing.)

Cryosphere Measurements

Element Variable Start Year End Year Frequency
GlacierAnnual mass balance2008Continuous
GlacierGlacial discharge2009Continuous
GlacierSurface topography2009Fragmented
GlacierSurface albedo2009Continuous
GlacierIce/firn temperature2009Fragmented

Atmosphere Measurements

Element Variable Start Year End Year Frequency
MetAir temperature2008Continuous
MetHumidity/vapour pressure2008Continuous
MetWind speed and direction2008Continuous
MetAir pressure2008Continuous
MetTotal precipitation2008Continuous
MetTrace gases20082012Fragmented
MetSensible and latent heat2009Fragmented
RadiationDownwelling shortwave2008Continuous
RadiationUpwelling shortwave2008Continuous
RadiationDownwelling longwave2008Continuous
RadiationUpwelling longwave2008Continuous

Measurement Notes and Other Measurements

Category Description or List
Hydrologyions of river water and precipitation

Last updated: 31 May 2017