Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus

Forschungsstation Schneefernerhaus

Centre for altitude and climate research in Bavaria

Participants of the VAO meeting

From Tuesday 28.03 until Thursday 30.03 the VAO (virtual alpine obserevatory) meeting took place in Bozen at the italian VAO partner EURAC.


During the three days around 100 participants presented their research projects during different sessions and a poster exhibition. Additionally content and structure of the VAO strategy paper was discussed.

On Wednesday evening participants could choose between a guided tour in Bozen or the visit of the ‘Ötzi’-museum.  

On Thursday the Bavarian environment minister Ulrike Scharf also attended the meeting for 2 hours and to get a personal picture of VAO and to talk to the researchers by herself.

After the conference the VAO Board met on Friday for its 2nd meeting to further discuss the VAO strategy paper.
Please find more about VAO at VAO

Managed by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment, ten leading German research institutes have come together at the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus to establish a Virtual Institute for altitude, environment and climate research.

The location of the research station near the summit of the mountain Zugspitze – Germany's highest mountain - is ideal to continuously monitor the physical and chemical properties of the atmosphereand to analyse various processes which influence the weather and climate. It is on the basis of such observations that the current state and the future development of the worldwide climate may be understood.