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  • Station or cluster: CryoNet Station
  • Type: Reference
  • Attribute(s): Research
  • WMO ID (if any):
  • Shape: point
  • Latitude, longitude: -13.93235, -70.82616
  • Altitude and/or range (m): 5650
  • Landscape: Coastal
  • Year established: 2014
  • Year-round? Yes
  • Operations contact: Baker Perry
  • Science contact: Baker Perry
  • Data contact: Baker Perry

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Quelccaya Ice Cap
Reference CryoNet Station Information

The Quelccaya Icecap is the largest icecap in the tropics and the site of a number of important paleoclimatological investigations using ice cores. The comprehensive precipitation monitoring station is located at 5,650 m just below the summit on an extensive level ice plateau.

Other Networks to Which This CryoNet Station Belongs

Other relevant measurement method documents:

Following best practices for measuring precipitation and snowfall using automated methods.

Data Information




The measurements made at Quelccaya Ice Cap 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 equivalent2014Sporadic

Atmosphere Measurements

Element Variable Start Year End Year Frequency
MetAir temperature2014Continuous
MetHumidity/vapour pressure2014Continuous
MetWind speed and direction2014
MetTotal precipitation2014Continuous
RadiationDownwelling shortwave2014Continuous

Measurement Notes and Other Measurements

Category Description or List
AtmosphereInstruments include: OTT Pluvio2 weighing precipitation gauge surrounded by a Belfort double alter shield, OTT Parsivel present weather sensors, RM Young 05103 Alpine wind sensor, Campbell Scientific SR50a sonic snow depth sensor.

Last updated: 31 May 2017