The GNSS and Meteorological station networks are expanding!

Nov 28, 2018

The GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) and Meteorological station networks in the Balkan-Mediterranean region are expanding significantly!

Within the first year of BeRTISS project, which aims at monitoring tropospheric data such as Zenith Tropospheric Delay and Integrated Water Vapor and providing timely prediction of severe weather events such as rainfall, 14 GNSS stations and 22 meteorological stations have been installed. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has installed 2 GNSS permanent stations with collocated meteo-sensors in Lefkada and Elassona and 2 meteo-sensors in Thessaloniki near existing GNSS stations in Greece, while they have supported Frederick Research Center to install 1 GNSS station with a co-located meteo-sensor in Cyprus. Nine GNSS stations have been deployed in Bulgaria by the Hail Suppression Agency and 3 GNSS stations accompanied with 3 meteo-sensors have been installed also in Bulgaria by Sofia University. The meteorological network in the region has been also extended by the installation of 8 meteorological stations currently in Greece by the National Observatory of Athens, and 6 meteorological stations (placed next to existing GNSS receivers) in Cyprus by the Department of Meteorology. Most of the installed GNSS and meteorological stations are already providing real-time data online. BeRTISS project is being implemented in the context of the "Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020" programme and is co-funded by the European Union and National Funds of the participating countries.
In the Figure, the GNSS stations are indicated by red lines and the meteorological stations (including meteo-sensors) with blue lines.  Light green brackets on the top edges of the figure show 2 of the 9 installation boxes with GNSS receiver and accessories placed along with each of the 9 installed GNSS stations in Bulgaria by Hail Suppression Agency.