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Lenticular clouds over the Grandes Jorasses, Mont Blanc, Alps.  Photo ©jgc

We are a team integrated by researchers from fields such as climatology, mountain meteorology, mountain hydrology, tropical glaciology, mountain ecology or avalanche forecasting. Some of our collaborators are mountain guides, mountain photographers, high altitude mountaineers or dedicated telemarkers.

We know how the weather can be in the mountains as we have suffered it many times. However, we are confident that the better the weather forecast, the better the chances of achieving our goals and enjoying the mountains. It has never been truer that knowledge is power, and in this case it could be the power to climb the mountains and return in one piece.

Strong Winds on san Valentin, Patagonia. Ice coring researc project. Photo ©jgc

We do not have a magic ball and we do not sell snake oil. Scientific knowledge of the weather systems and the behaviour of the atmosphere is still poor. Be very critical if anybody tells you something different! Even the most powerful supercomputers cannot cope with the shear amount of data and number crunching that a detailed high resolution model requires.

Yet, atmospheric modellers are doing a very good job. And we make the most of it, by putting together state of the art modelling tools with our personal knowledge of weather behaviour, and a long term experience on mountain terrain.

Mamatus clouds.  ©jgc

We check every available model, the latest satellite imagery available and ground data. In our experience the GFS model performs well on mountain regions. However, resolution is extremely important in steep terrain and this is why we are using the WRF model at higher resolution on an increasing number of regions. We also keep a critical and open mind about all models, to ensure we have the best results.

Artesonraju, Cordillera Blanca. Photo ©jgc

In the forecast pages we present the outputs of the GFS model at 0.5° resolution and the WRF at 0.1°, centered on the nearest grid cell for the mountain of interest. Important parameters such as the wind speed are displayed in a easy to grasp colour code, as Advance Base Camp is not the best place on earth for complicated reasoning. A detailed explanation is given in the information section.

 

 

Some papers of a more academic content written by members of our team:
Publications

 

Some images of us at work:


Installing an automatic weather station in the Alps

Installing an automatic weather station in the Alps. Photo: Ruzica Dadic

  Another weather station in the Cordillera Blanca

Another weather station in the Cordillera Blanca. Photo: Javier G. Corripio


Camp I while doing Glaciolaogical studies on Cerro Juncal, Andes of Chile

Camp I while doing Glaciology studies on Cerro Juncal, Andes of Chile. Photo: jgc

  Strong winds while ice coring near the summit of Cerro San Valentin, Patagonia

Strong winds while in a scientific expedition to extract an ice core near the summit of Cerro San Valentin, Patagonia. Photo: jgc

Director: Javier G. Corripio, PhD