Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus
1. VAO Board Meeting
Wednesday, 14. September 2016

On Thursday 08.09.2016 the first Board Meeting of the virtual alpine observatory took part chaired by Dr. Michael Bittner, scientific coordinator of the UFS Science team. Participants of the VAO Board are:

(1)    Österreich - Meteorologisches Observatorium Hoher Sonnblick: Dr. Elke Ludewig, ZAMG
(2)    Schweiz - Höhenforschungsstation Jungfraujoch Gornergrat: Prof. Dr. Markus Leuenberger, Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute, University of Bern/  Prof Dr. Silvio Decurtins
(3)    Deutschland - Umweltforschungsstation Schneefernerhaus (UFS): Prof. Dr. Michael Bittner, DLR/UA ; Dr. Simone von Loewenstern (not present), BayStMUV; Markus Neumann, UFS
(4)    Italien - EURAC: Dr. Marc Zebisch, Head of Institute for Applied Remote Sensing, EURAC research, Institute for Applied Remote Sensing
(5)    Frankreich – PD Dr. Hans-Werner Jacobi, Directeur Adjoint de l'Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble (not present); Dr. Michel Dietrich,  Directeur de Recherche au CNRS, ISTerre Directeur de l'Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble (OSUG)
(6)    Slovenien – Dr. Klemen Bergant, Director of Meteorological Office / Prof. Dr. Samo Stanic Head of the Centre for Atmospheric Research, University of Nova Gorica
associated partner:
(7)    Norway – Dr. Michael Gausa, Head of Technology Department, Director of Sciences and Technology (not present)
(8)    Georgia – Prof. Dr. Diedebulidze Goderdzi, Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory, Ilia State University, Tiflis
Permanent guest:
(9)    AlpEnDAC (Dr. Anton Frank, Leibniz Rechenzentrum, Garching; Christoph Harsch, University Augsburg)

The meeting was hosted by the BayStMUV. Director General Dr. Christian Barth and the head of division climate politics and climate research Dr. Helmut Theiler welcomed the participants to the meeting.

After the presentation of each alpine observatory, the discussion was focused of the development and the strategy for VAO within the next decade.

The date for the next VAO Board Meeting will take place on the 31st of March at the end of the VAO symposia in Bozen, Italy.