interMET is a company that grew around Sierra de Guadarrama (Central System, Spain). Our first automatic monitoring station was installed at 2010 meters above sea level in 1999. Since then, we have been in a continuous learning process. We can claim now that we are experts in mountain meteorology .
Technology has changed a lot in the last decades, especially everything related with communications. In the “old” days we had to collect data from loggers manually with periodical long walks to the sites to change a flash card. Now our Linux Data Center in a foreign country communicates using ethernet to the sites, downloads, filters, flags and even publishes the data automatically.
Most of our experience on installation, data validation, maintenance programs, quality assurance and management of automatic weather networks comes from sites above 1500 m.
If you are involved in an project that requires mountain observations or modeling do not doubt to contact us. This is our passion. Here go some of our skills regarding mountain meteorology:
Maintenance of networks
Preventive, corrective and evolutive maintenance of networks, even at the very remote locations.
Innovative measuring methods
Innovative methods for those variables that still remain hard to measure like precipitation, snow height, rime and other kinds of precipitation.
Specific station design
Specific station design for alpine environments that guarantee data completion, with a proper selection of mountain sensors, powering systems and solid structures.
High resolution assessment through computer modeling of the main meteorological variables: precipitation, temperature, wind, radiation.
Data validation, homogenization of long time series, calculation of derived variables like dew point, potential evapotranspiration, heat flux, insolation, etc.
Gridded data, atlas calculation, dynamical and statistical downscaling.
The objective of this project was to have a rugged, compact housing for scientific quality meteorological sensors, data logging and telecommunication equipment. This housing should be easy to install and make minimum impact on the environment: no fences, no civil work and low visual impact.
With the first station taking first measurements on 1998 at 2080 m height, this network was during a long time a pioneer in alpine automatic measurments. This project has been for interMET not just a project, it has been our workbench that made our human and technical skills to be taken almost to the limit.
Based on our experience in monitoring in alpine climates we were asked to design, install and maintain "the best" hydro-meteorological network that could be imagined in a mountain area. Considering how difficult it is to achieve reliable measurements in this environments we have proposed and installed a network base on gravimetric rain gauges, snow height sensors, 4 components radiation and specially designed sensors and systems for this environments.