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  • Station or cluster: CryoNet Station
  • Type: Primary
  • Attribute(s): Cal/val, Research
  • WMO ID (if any): NONE
  • Shape: point
  • Latitude, longitude: -33.351495, -70.246934
  • Altitude and/or range (m): 3050
  • Landscape: Mountain
  • Year established: 2013
  • Year-round? Yes
  • Operations contact: Yohann Videla
  • Science contact: James McPhee
  • Data contact: Yohann Videla

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Valle Nevado
Primary CryoNet Station Information

The Valle Nevado site is located on a gentle SE-facing slope in the semi-arid Andes mountain range of central Chile. The instrument cluster is located 50 m downslope from a smooth ridge and approximately midway from the ridge to a steep drop that leads to the Molina River valley. Access is by car to the parking lot of the Valle Nevado Ski Resort, and then 200 m on foot.

Other Networks to Which This CryoNet Station Belongs

Other relevant measurement method documents:

Protocol development ongoing. Roughly, WMO TR apply.

Data Information




The measurements made at Valle Nevado 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 equivalent2013Continuous
SnowSnowpack profile2013Sporadic
SnowWater equivalent of snowfall2013Continuous

Atmosphere Measurements

Element Variable Start Year End Year Frequency
MetAir temperature2013Continuous
MetHumidity/vapour pressure2013Continuous
MetWind speed and direction2013Continuous
MetAir pressure2013Continuous
MetTotal precipitation2013Continuous
RadiationDownwelling shortwave2013Continuous
RadiationUpwelling shortwave2013Continuous
RadiationDownwelling longwave2013Continuous
RadiationUpwelling longwave2013Continuous

Measurement Notes and Other Measurements

Category Description or List
SnowAlbedo measured both in broadband (Radiometer) and VIS (piranometers)

Last updated: 31 May 2017