Roshydromet, NOAA, FMI and Polar
Foundation, Tiksi Project Updates
October 1, 2009
PROJECTS INSTALLATION REPORT - September
(1) U.S. Radiation
Sensors for the Baseline Surface Radiation Network Program (in transit)
(2) U.S. Climate
Reference Network Site (in transit)
(3) Black Carbon
Sampling (training completed and program operating)
(4) U.S. Surface
Ozone Sampling (in transit)
(5) U.S. Surface
Heat and Energy Balance Fluxes (in transit)
(6) Finnish Carbon
Dioxide and Methane concentrations (operating)
(7) Finnish Carbon
Dioxide and Methane Fluxes (partially installed, not operating)
(8) U.S. Green
House Gas Sampler (training completed and program operating)
(9) Finnish Aerosol
Size Distribution Monitoring (operating and awaiting additional modifications
and infrastructure support)
(11) Russian Radiation Sensors (installed)
(12) Russian meteorological instrumentation
(scheduled for winter deployment)
Russian Total Ozone Measurements (installed)
(14) Russian Permafrost Measurements (installed)
Precipitation chemistry (installed)
Russian UV measurements (installed)
Russian and Finnish equipment was on site at start of deployment period
Shipment was significantly delayed and expected to arrive after U.S. team departs
Equipment cleared customs and has been delivered
customs paperwork in progress with support from Roshydromet-Yakutsk
DATES OF INSTALLATION IN TIKSI
science teams will have departed Tiksi by October 1
was no overlap with construction team
contract between CH2MHill and the Polar Foundation was signed in early
of Roshydromet Yakutsk met with members of the Russian and U.S. science teams
at the Yakutsk Airport on September
representative of the Polar Foundation met with the Science teams at the Tiksi
site on September 23rd
local Tiksi Roshydromet office provided significant infrastructure support.
construction crew contracted to the Polar Foundation foreman and crew are
scheduled to arrive in Tiksi on October 2. Extensive project requests have been
communications have been established between the Tiksi Observatory and AARI in St
AARI IT system manager deployed a video conferencing system.
computer system has been installed at the CAF attached to security cameras;
there is a wireless transmission of security camera data to the weather
weather station has good internet connectivity.
THERE WAS NO OVERLAP BETWEEN SCIENCE TEAMS AND CONSTRUCTION
TEAMS, SIGNIFICANT TIME WAS SPENT ON INSPECTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT
OF DETAILED REQUESTS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS.
REPORT ON ROADS AND
new insulated power line has been installed from the town of Tiksi to the weather
station (and CAF) and the road has been considerably improved.
New power line and Clean Air Facility (T. Uttal)
REPORT ON WEATHER STATION
weather station is largely completed and occupied by the Roshydromet Tiksi weather
station staff. Internet communications
are available. There are two furnished
bedrooms, a kitchen and good office space and accessible roof space where some
science projects are presently being installed; it already supports some
weather station instruments. A list of
final items for completion has been submitted, including plumbing and water,
additional insulation, drainage, additional weatherization, and noise abatement
issues during high wind periods. The weather station is spacious, comfortable
and furnished. There is storage, and
adequate additional space inside as well as on the roof for science projects
without interference with the routine weather station activities. Power has
been uninterrupted during this visit, although some UPS activity indicates that
there may be ongoing power fluctuations. The diesel generator is not yet hooked into
the power system.
The new weather station is now occupied by the Roshydromet Tiksi weather
station staff (T. Uttal).
REPORT ON CLEAN AIR FACILITY
CAF building has been constructed on the foundation and has some electrical outlets. The interior finish work is in progress. The science team has confirmed the location of
outside towers and racks and connecting walkways and power/communication
lines. The UPS was installed by
Roshydromet and NOAA science teams.
Interior of the Clean Air Facility (T. Uttal).
has received official approval for measurements that will be made by the
initial 15 projects.
Roshydromet Tiksi Office has interviewed the science teams on the technical,
logistical and personnel requirements for each project and is developing plan
for support. Programs of Operation have
been submitted to the Tiksi Roshydromet Office.
Roshydromet Tiksi Office has assigned a central point of contact and procedure for
communications on technical issues relating to the new Observatory
was provided to Tiksi Observatory staff on U.S, Finnish and Russian projects.
Roshydromet has hired an engineering support technician who will have a primary
assignment of operating observatory equipment.
MEETINGS IN YAKUTSK
Russian and US Science teams and the Tiksi Station Director will meet with Roshydromet
-Yaktusk Representatives to discuss contracts, operations (including further
training), oversight of the construction and customs of the US equipment.
Russian, US and Finnish science team is scheduled visit the U.S. Embassy and
with Roshydromet in Moscow on October 5
and 6 to provide a trip report and develop a schedule of activities for the
following months. Representatives of the science teams will be:
PERSONNEL THAT WERE ON SITE IN TIKSI