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Station location and site photos

The PICO-NARE station is located on the summit caldera of Pico mountain, an inactive volcano on Pico island in the Azores, Portugal (38 degrees, 28.226 minutes N latitude, 28 degrees, 24.235 minutes W longitude, 2225 m altitude). Pico island is adjacent to the island of Faial, which is the base for the U.K. BAe-146 aircraft during the ICARTT/ITOP study.

Pico is a small island. The distance from the summit caldera to the ocean is 10-14 km on the north-northwest side. Apparently as a result of the limited fetch over land, upslope flow is not as pronounced as it is at some other mountaintop stations. (A study to characterize upslope/downslope flow is being conducted during summer 2005 by Jan Kleissl of Michigan Tech; it is described here.)

The following maps and photographs further document the station.
Maps showing the station's location and typical backward trajectory pathways to the station. Topo map of Pico island. (from Nunes, J.C., 1999. A actividade vulcânica na ilha do Pico do Plistocénico Superior ao Holocénico: mecanismo eruptivo e hazard vulcânico, Ph.D. thesis Azores University, Ponta Delgada, 357 pp.) View of the PICO-NARE station showing its proximity to the cliff edge; Sao Jorge island and marine boundary layer-capping clouds are visible.
Close-up photo of the station (MBL-capping cloud layer visible in the background) View of Faial, the base of the BAe-146, from Pico summit (photo by Paulo Fialho) Photo of a helicopter airlift used to carry the station to the summit. (Photo taken July 2001.)


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Richard E. Honrath
2005-05-26