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  • Station or cluster: CryoNet Station
  • Type: Primary
  • Attribute(s): Cal/val, Research
  • Belongs to cluster: Davos
  • WMO ID (if any):
  • Shape: point
  • Latitude, longitude: 46.84502, 9.87152
  • Altitude and/or range (m): 1512
  • Landscape: Mountain
  • Year established: 2016
  • Year-round? No
  • Operations contact: Charles Fierz
  • Science contact: Martin Schneebeli
  • Data contact: Marc Ruesch
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Davos Laret (LAR)
Primary CryoNet Station Information

This station has recently been built up in relation to two ESA-based projects. The intention is to develop a well equipped reference site to facilitate satellite ground truth cal/val activities in mountainous environment but also as a reference station for snow cover studies ranging from snow microstructure to snow climatology.
The location of the station North of the Wolfgang pass, open to the south but slightly sheltered by a forest to the North makes it an ideal site for snow cover measurements with little influence by the wind. There are also snow depth records available from the nearby Davos Laret station and quite a few studies on snow-forest interactions have been conducted in the surroundings of the site.

Other relevant measurement method documents:

SLF-Beobachterhandbuch: Vergleichsstationen

International Classification for Seasonal Snow on the Ground

Data Information


There are not publications available yet except an internal "white paper" (in German)


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

Cryosphere Measurements

Element Variable Start Year End Year Frequency
SnowSnow water equivalent2016Continuous
SnowSnowpack profile2016Continuous
SnowSurface temperature2016Continuous
SnowSnow surface area2018Not specified
FrozengroundGround temperature2018

Atmosphere Measurements

Element Variable Start Year End Year Frequency
MetAir temperature2016Continuous
MetHumidity/vapour pressure2016Continuous
MetWind speed and direction2016Continuous
MetAir pressure2018Continuous
MetTotal precipitation2018Continuous
RadiationDownwelling shortwave2016Continuous
RadiationUpwelling shortwave2016Continuous
RadiationDownwelling longwave2016Continuous

Measurement Notes and Other Measurements

Category Description or List
SnowSnow depth measured with Laser sensor
Seasonally frozen groundSoil temperatures and heat flux
AtmosphereDisdrometer, ultrasonic anemometer, etc. will be added during the 2018 Winter.

Last updated: 30 April 2018