Received: 20 Aug 2015 – Accepted for review: 21 Apr 2016 – Discussion started: 02 May 2016
Abstract. Mountains have a very peculiar climate, are an essential factor in the climate system and are excellent areas for monitoring weather and climate. Nevertheless there is still a lack of long term observations at these areas, mainly due to their harsh conditions for instruments and humans. This work describes the results obtained in the design, installation and operation during more than a decade of a mountain meteorological network located in Sierra de Guadarrama (Iberian Central System, Spain). This work includes information about the measuring strategy, objectives and performance of the network with some technical and operational conlussions that might be useful for the mountain meteorology observation community. Discussions about the representativeness of the data are shown. These are important for future users of this data base. Also some basic statistics of the available data is shown as a framework for further and deeper analysis. Finally some recommendations are made about mountain meteorology observation which could be taken into account for future improvements of this network or for other mountain meteorological networks.
How to cite. Durán, L. and Rodríguez-Muñoz, I.: Automatic monitoring of weather and climate in mountain areas. The case of Peñalara Meteorological Network (RMPNP), Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss. [preprint], https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2015-248, 2016.
The work presented here is the result of more than a decade of meteorological automatic observations in a mountain area. First deployments were done in 1999 and since there has been a continuous evolution of methods and instruments. The know-how acquired through all these years is condensed here for the mountain meteorology meteorological observation community. It also documents with metadata the history of the network and the strengths and weaknesses of the resultant data base.
The work presented here is the result of more than a decade of meteorological automatic...