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.)|