The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper-Air Network (GRUAN) is an international reference observing network of sites measuring essential climate variables above Earth's surface, designed to fill an important gap in the current global observing system. GRUAN measurements are providing long-term, high-quality climate data records from the surface, through the troposphere, and into the stratosphere. These are being used to determine trends, constrain and calibrate data from more spatially‐comprehensive observing systems (including satellites and current radiosonde networks), and provide appropriate data for studying atmospheric processes. GRUAN is envisaged as a global network of eventually 30-40 sites that, to the extent possible, builds on existing observational networks and capabilities.
This video provides an excellent overview of the goals and principles of GRUAN and its relation to the current challenges in climate research. You can find this and other public outreach material here.
GRUAN is envisaged as a global network of eventually 30-40 measurement sites. To the extent possible, it builds on existing observational networks and capabilities. As at August 2020, GRUAN comprises of 30 sites, 12 of which have been GRUAN certified.
A comprehensive volume of measurement data has been collected by GRUAN since 2008. The archive includes raw data and related meta-data. For the Vaisala RS92 and the Meisei RS-11G radiosonde, GRUAN Data Products (GDP) have been fully implemented and certified. Further GDPs are in certification process or under development.
ICM-12: virtual meeting 16-20 November 2020
In view of the Covid-19 situation, ICM-12 will be organized as a virtual meeting. The meeting will consist of 3-4 days with 2-3 hour video conferences…
AMTD paper Graf et al. 2020 in review
The following GRUAN-relevant paper was published at AMTD: "Compact and Lightweight Mid-IR Laser Spectrometer for Balloon-borne Water Vapor…
AMTD paper Fassò et al. 2020 in review
The following GRUAN-relevant paper was published at AMTD: "Interpolation uncertainty of atmospheric temperature radiosoundings" by Fassò et al.…
METZ paper Gierens et al. 2020
The following GRUAN-relevant paper was published at METZ: "On ice supersaturation over the Arctic" by Gierens et al.…
JTECH paper Dupont et al. 2020
The following GRUAN-relevant paper was published at JTECH: "Characterization and Corrections of Relative Humidity Measurement from Meteomodem M10…
BAST paper Becker et al. 2020
The following GRUAN-relevant paper was published at BAST: "In situ sounding of radiative flux profiles through the Arctic lower troposphere" by Becker…
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GRUAN Technical Note 9 published
GRUAN Technical Note 9 (GRUAN-TN-9) published with title "GRUAN Site Photographs Guide"
AMTD paper Madonna et al. 2020 in review
The following GRUAN-relevant paper was published at AMTD: "Progress in managing the transition from the RS92 to the Vaisala RS41 as the operational…
Two new Antarctic GRUAN sites
We are happy to announce that two Antarctic sites have accepted the invitation by GCOS secretariat to join GRUAN.