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    April 2014

    Since 2010, the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) is operating a MAX-DOAS (Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy) instrument at Jungfraujoch, which is able to measure aerosols and tropospheric trace gases (mainly nitrogen dioxide and formaldehyde) by using scattered sunlight from multiple viewing angles towards the horizon and the valley. These stratospheric and tropospheric observations are key data sets for the validation of satellite instruments and 3D chemical transport models.
    The picture shows the researchers Christian Hermans and Frederik Tack on the Sphinx terrace, while replacing some fundamental parts of their instrument.

    June/July 2004

    June/July 2004

    Attending to the Spec Inc. Cloud Particle Imager (the gold coloured instrument on the right) on the Sphinx terrace during the CLACE 3 campaign 2004. The instrument was used to record images of the ice crystals (10 μm to a few mm) that were present in the cloud enveloping the laboratory. (UMIST Atmospheric Physics Group, Manchester, UK)

    August 2004

    August 2004

    Mr. Ueli Frutiger and his crew of mountain guides during their annual snow removal at the top of the Research Station Jungfraujoch.

    September 2004

    September 2004

    Sunset atmosphere at the Jungfraujoch.

    October 2004

    October 2004

    A rare guest at Jungfraujoch.

    November 2004

    November 2004

    The newly refurbished floor in the library at the Research Station Jungfraujoch.

    December 2004

    December 2004

    Dr. Christian Servais, Université de Liège (Belgium), head of the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Solar Physics research group, also well known as the Migeotte Group.

    January 2005

    January 2005

    Signs of wind and weather at the Sphinx.

    February 2005

    February 2005

    View from Jungfraujoch by moonlight.

    March 2005

    March 2005

    CLACE 4: CLoud and Aerosol Characterization Experiment. A partial view of the installations in the Sphinx.

    April 2005

    April 2005

    imachination: Science and art project by the German artist Tim Otto Roth
    http://www.imachination.net/

    May 2005

    May 2005

    Students from the Kantonsschule Zürcher Unterland in Bülach (Switzerland) measuring the solar irradiance at Jungfraujoch as part of their "Research in Switzerland" project week with their tutor Kuno Strassmann from the University of Bern.

    June 2005

    June 2005

    incandescence hivernale -- ice crystal birds -- Wolkenvögel

    A moment caught on camera by Julie Cozic.

    July 2005

    July 2005

    Construction site at Gornergrat

    August 2005

    August 2005

    Dr. med. Susi Kriemler (ETH and University of Zurich) and a young test person at the Research Station Jungfraujoch during the ALTKIDS experiment.

    September 2005

    September 2005

    Fascinating cloud formations as seen from Jungfraujoch.

    Ocotber 2005

    Ocotber 2005

    Construction scene at Gornergrat.

    November 2005

    November 2005

    Astronomic dome of the Observatory Gornergrat North.

    December 2005

    December 2005

    Sunset at Jungfraujoch.

    January 2006

    January 2006

    Reopening of Kulm Hotel and the renovated astronomical observatory Gornergrat South.

    February 2006

    February 2006

    Prof. Luc Delbouille, working at Jungfraujoch in February 2006, and celebrating on site his 50 years of research work at Jungfraujoch in the "Migeotte Group" of the Université de Liège (Belgium).

    March 2006

    March 2006

    CLoud and Aerosol Characterisation Experiment, CLACE 5, with researchers from seven institutions. These outside installations have to withstand the harsh weather conditions at Jungfraujoch.

    April 2006

    April 2006

    Evening at Jungfraujoch

    May 2006

    May 2006

    The spark chamber on exhibit at Jungfraujoch, photographed by Monika Loeffel, freelance artist.

    June 2006

    June 2006

    Evening view in May from Jungfraujoch.

    July 2006

    July 2006

    24 hour filter samples of PM10 (particulate matter <10 μm) collected with the high-volume sampler at Jungfraujoch during a strong sahara dust event (on 20 June 2006; filter 076171, on the right; 62.3 μg per m3) and during usual summer conditions (on 04 June 2006; filter 076155 on the left; 2.3 μg per m3).

    August 2006

    August 2006

    An extraordinary full moon night as seen from Jungfraujoch.

    September 2006

    September 2006

    Research at Jungfraujoch -- Top of Science
    A snapshot from the scientific conference in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Research Station Jungfraujoch, held in Interlaken, September 11-14, 2006.

    October 2006

    October 2006

    New meteorology installations.

    November 2006

    November 2006

    View of the Mönch from the Sphinx.

    December 2006

    December 2006

    Hoarfrost at Jungfraujoch.

    January 2007

    January 2007

    The best view of the fog is from the top of Europe.

    February 2007

    February 2007

    CLACE 6 (Cloud and Aerosol Characterization Experiment at Jungfraujoch. Crates of equipment from one of the research groups.

    March 2007

    March 2007

    CLACE 6 (CLoud and Aerosol Characterization Experiment) at Jungfraujoch. Cloud Particle Imager (CPI) and Forward Scattering Spectrometer Probe (FSSP) firmly installed on the Sphinx platform to withstand a snowstorm.

    April 2007

    April 2007

    The Sphinx coming into view through the clouds.

    May 2007

    May 2007

    Spring sunrise over the Aletsch glacier.

    June 2007

    June 2007

    Thunderstorm

    July 2007

    July 2007

    The annual snow removal work at the Research Station Jungfraujoch by a team of mountain guides.

    August 2007

    August 2007

    A permanent resident at Jungfraujoch.

    September 2007

    September 2007

    Snow sampling at Jungfraujoch for Paul Scherrer Institute's investigation of the behavior of mercury in snow.

    October 2007

    October 2007

    Observatory Gornergrat South with the KOSMA radiotelescope of the Universität zu Köln at Kulmhotel Gornergrat. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Kulmhotel Gornergrat.

    November 2007

    November 2007

    Snapshot from a medical experiment carried out in October by the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois CHUV Lausanne and the University Hospital, Berne, at the research station Jungfraujoch.

    December 2007

    December 2007

    Mass balance measurements on Jungfraufirn using a firn-drill to determine the density in the annual layer.

    January 2008

    January 2008

    Daytime view of astronomy in winter: Gornergrat South Observatory at Kulmhotel Gornergrat.

    February 2008

    February 2008

    One of the realities of everyday life of a scientist at the research station Jungfraujoch: the work bench.

    March 2008

    March 2008

    Installation of a sensor node between the roof of the research station and the Sphinx Terrace. This node is part of a PermaSense wireless sensor network prototype (photo: Andreas Hasler)

    April 2008

    April 2008

    Study at Jungfraujoch of short-term acclimatization to high altitude in children by the Institute for Sport and Sport Medicine of the University of Basel.

    May 2008

    May 2008

    New use of the astronomical telescope in the Sphinx cupola at Jungfraujoch with EPFL's UV ozone differential absorption lidar (DIAL) receiver under a clear sky.

    June 2008

    June 2008

    Sahara dust embedded in ice. Photographed during a recent "föhn" storm at Jungfraujoch.

    July 2008

    July 2008

    This chamois was sighted one day at the end of June by Joan Fischer, who reacted quickly and informed Martin Fischer, who made this snapshot. Even the employees of the Jungfrau Railway were astonished to hear about this rare sighting. The chamois was passing over Jungfraujoch from Wallis to Bern.

    August 2008

    August 2008

    Cardiovascular research by a team from the University Hospitals of Bern and Lausanne, Switzerland, during a recent study at the research station Jungfraujoch. (Photo © Gilles Weber cemcav chuv)

    September 2008

    September 2008

    Watching the Earth rotate and gazing at the still standing stars. Photo from the Sphinx at Jungfraujoch.
    (Photo © Christian Waldvogel, June 28th, 2008, www.waldvogel.com )

    October 2008

    October 2008

    The Spinx rising out of a cloud.

    November 2008

    November 2008

    A bird's eye view of Observatory Gornergrat South at Gornergrat.

    December 2008

    December 2008

    The Jungfraubahn's impressive efforts to secure the Sphinx rock above the Aletsch exit.

    January 2009

    January 2009

    Observatory Gornergrat South (left) on January 10, 2009, shortly before full moon. Retro-reflecting marks on the telescope are visible due to an artifical light source and the moon. (Photo: Martin Miller)

    February 2009

    February 2009

    The University of Tsukuba, Japan, is testing its 30cm radio telescope at the Research Station Jungfraujoch by mapping the Milky Way in CO and Cl lines. The telescope is equipped with a 4-K cooled 500 GHz sensitive detector. The final destination of the telescope wil be the Antarctic.

    March 2009

    March 2009

    View of sunrise from Jungfraujoch on a late winter morning.

    April 2009

    April 2009

    Snow atmosphere interaction experiment: EPFL-EFLUM deployed a 25m long and 2m tall 'fence' consisting of a fiber optical cable to measure a temperature transect in the snow pack with high spatial resolution. Measurements are based on a Raman-optical TDR system. (Photo courtesy of Hendrik Huwald, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

    May 2009

    May 2009

    Snow probing on Jungfraufirn under harsh weather conditions. Twice a year (spring and fall) snow and firn accumulation on Jungfraufirn is measured as part of the long-term glacier mass balance program of the Grosser Aletschgletscher. (ETH Zürich)

    June 2009

    June 2009

    Signs of summer on the Aletschgletscher.

    July 2009

    July 2009

    The solar tracker installed by the UK's National Physical Laboratory that is interfaced with a high resolution FTIR for measuring the radiative transfer through the atmosphere as part of the UK's CAVIAR project on the water vapour continuum. (http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/caviar/).

    August 2009

    August 2009

    The rector of the University of Bern with his staff and members of the directorate HFSJG on an official visit to the research station Jungfraujoch. The University of Bern joined the Foundation HFSJG this year.

    September 2009

    September 2009

    Frame installation of the first TAUWER project prototype on the Sphinx terrace by the Physics Dept. of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, together with colleagues from the universities of Bolu and Kafkas Turkey. Data taking of large angle cosmic rays is expected to start in October.

    October 2009

    October 2009

    Fence of firn cores recovered during a test drilling campaign on Jungfraujoch (team: FS INVENTOR SA, University of Maine and Paul Scherrer Institut)

    November 2009

    November 2009

    A bold visitor at Jungfraujoch -- looking for a free meal.

    December 2009

    December 2009

    Winter morning

    January 2010

    January 2010

    View of the Jungfrau through a frosty window at the research station Jungfraujoch.

    February 2010

    February 2010

    The poles for measuring snow depth were lengthened in January by 5 meters in preparation for the coming winter months. This system allows the custodians read the snow depth with binoculars from the safety of the research station Jungfraujoch.

    March 2010

    March 2010

    Dr. Ginette Roland of the Migeotte Group, Université de Liège, Belgium, during a radio interview at Jungfraujoch on March 4, 2010. Madame Roland is a prominent representative of the scientists working at Jungfraujoch and is frequently interviewed by the press, television and radio.

    April 2010

    April 2010

    Installation of the new 1Gb/second internet connection Jungfraujoch-Bern on the network SWITCHlan that connects universities and research institutions all over Switzerland. Felix Kugler, SWITCH, and Stefan Berger, Informatikdienste Uni Bern, are shown here getting the job done.

    May 2010

    May 2010

    Dr. Martin Vollmer, Empa, during the installation of a new calibration tank for continuous measurements of halogenated green house gases at Jungfraujoch.

    June 2010

    June 2010

    On June 2, 2010, a successful 25 year era came to an end: The 3m KOSMA radio telescope was removed from Observatory Gornergrat South and began its long journey to Yang/Lhasa/Tibet. Photos: Dr. Martin Miller, Universität zu Köln

    July 2010

    July 2010

    Master student Emanuel Hammer working on the sonic anemometer (left, measurement of the windfield and turbulende) and fog monitor (right, cloud droplet size distribution). These measurements are being conducted this summer within an international campaign (CLACE) where the interaction of aerosol particles with cloud droplets is being investigated.

    August 2010

    August 2010

    A circumhorizon arc -- a very large halo parallel to the horizon. Although rarely seen in much of Europe, this circumhorizon arc was photographed this summer by a researcher at Jungfraujoch.

    September 2010

    September 2010

    Late summer sunset: the view from Jungfraujoch.

    October 2010

    October 2010

    On 12 September 2010 a team from Paul Scherrer Institut finished ice core drilling at 57 m depth on Ewigschneefeld near Jungfraujoch. Ewigschneefeld is a temperate glacier, containing a water table at about 21 m depth. The ice core is being analysed in the frame of the SNF-Project "Accelerated release of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from Alpine glaciers" in order to investigate the transport of POPs within temperate ice and and quantify their release by melting.

    November 2010

    November 2010

    Special research guests from Greece: Prof. Alkiviadis Bais and Dr. Natalia Kouremeti of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with their differential optical absorption spectroscopy instrument (DOAS). They performed spectral direct sun and sky radiance measurements from zenith to about 0° elevation angles for one week in October at the Sphinx.

    December 2010

    December 2010

    The Sphinx laboratory at Jungfraujoch with special lighting effects by photographer Jeroen Seyffer (Bern)

    January 2011

    January 2011

    Wintersunset over the Monte Rosa massive -- a view from Gornergrat.

    February 2011

    February 2011

    A new fire alarm system is being installed at the entire Jungfraujoch site. Here the installation in the Research Station by technicians from Aeschimann and Siemens.

    March 2011

    March 2011

    Moonlight casts a shadow of the Sphinx on the Kranzberg while Venus shines brightly over the Aletsch glacier.

    April 2011

    April 2011

    PhD students and post-docs of the Professorship of Renewable Energy Carriers at ETH Zurich (www.pre.ethz.ch) during a recent visit to the Research Station Jungfraujoch.

    May 2011

    May 2011

    The Jungfrau in the early morning with the moon setting into a sea of clouds.

    June 2011

    June 2011

    Reconnaissance for the placement of an all-sky camera at Gornergrat with the help of Prof. Didier Queloz and Dr. Bruno Chazelas (picture) from the Université de Genève.

    July 2011

    July 2011

    A Sonic Anemometer (provided by the University of Basel) in front of a nice summer sunset. This measurement is being conducted within a campaign (CLACE) where the interaction of aerosol particles with cloud droplets is being investigated.

    August 2011

    August 2011

    Eigergletcher. Photo by Tobias Stadler.

    September 2011

    September 2011

    The installation of the metal frame and all-sky camera took place on 16 August 2011 at the north tower of the Kumlhotel Gornergrat.

    October 2011

    October 2011

    Visitors from the observatory "Sternwarte Rotgrueb Rümlang", including Dr. Noël Cramer (3rd from the right), astronomical assistant at the research station Jungfraujoch from 1969 to 1989. The alphorn came along just for fun.

    November 2011

    November 2011

    Martin Steinbacher (Empa, Dübendorf) making use of every minute while working at Jungfraujoch, even in the researchers' dining room. To the right, a fellow scientist is busy in the kitchen.

    Photo: 2011 © Keystone/Gaëtan Bally

    December 2011

    December 2011

    Reconstruction work in lab 10 at the research station Jungfraujoch during November and December.

    January 2012

    January 2012

    The Sphinx at Jungfraujoch. Keystone/Gaëtan Bally.

    February 2012

    February 2012

    Renovation work on the lab 10 cavern is now completed (see Picture of the Month December 2011).

    March 2012

    March 2012

    This new Switch panoramic camera was recently installed at the Sphinx at Jungfraujoch. Link: http://webcam.switch.ch/jungfraujoch/

    April 2012

    April 2012

    Inauguration of the new Scientific Exhibition at Jungfraujoch.

    May 2012

    May 2012

    Non-invasive measurement of cardiac output using an inert gas rebreathing method during a constant work load exercise test in an adolescent with minor congenital heart disease (a recent study of Prof. Jean-Paul Schmid from the Swiss Cardiovascular Center Bern at the research station Jungfraujoch).

    June 2012

    June 2012

    Study at Jungfraujoch of cardiovascular adjustments to prolonged altitude exposure.
    The medical experiment was carried out by the Institute of Physiology of the University of Zurich (Prof. Carsten Lundby).

    July 2012

    July 2012

    Annual maintenance work on the photovoltaics plant at Jungfraujoch, operated by the University of Applied Sciences Bern, Department of Engineering and Information Technology.

    August 2012

    August 2012

    At the end of July, the International Foundation HFSJG had the pleasure to welcome five NASA and ESA astronauts at the research station Jungfraujoch.
    In 2011, STS-134 was the penultimate mission of NASA's Space Shuttle program and marked the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. This flight delivered - among other things - an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer of the CERN to the International Space Station (ISS).
    Photo: 2012 copyright by martinkeller.ch

    August 2012
    August 2012

    September 2012

    The Sphinx observatory on Jungfraujoch with its weather station is of great interest to many visitors.
    It especially was for the visitors from the Korea Meteorological Administration as well as for the group from the Deutscher Wetterdienst.

    October 2012

    October 2012

    The foundation's custodians at the research station Jungfraujoch:
    Maria and Urs Otz, Martin and Joan Fischer
    their dogs Amira and Sherpa

    October 2012

    November 2012

    In the course of the annual SCNAT (Swiss Academy of Sciences) congress in Interlaken at the end of October 2012 on the subject 'Höher und kälter - Forschung am geographischen Limit', a visit to the High Alpine Research Station Jungfraujoch was organised for the participants.
    In the picture, from left to right: Prof. Markus Leuenberger, Director HFSJG; Prof. Thierry Courvoisier, President SCNAT; Prof. Martin C.E. Huber, President of the Jungfraujoch Commission of the SCNAT

    December 2012

    December 2012

    The Matterhorn during sunrise - view from Gornergrat

    January 2013

    January 2013

    View of the Mathildespitze and the Jungfraujoch - the photo was taken by the researcher Pierre Beuret from his sleeping room at the research station Jungfraujoch.

    February 2013
    February 2013

    February 2013

    Impressions from the CLACE (Cloud and Aerosol Characterisation Experiment) 2013 campaign:
    In the Sphinx-cupola at Jungfraujoch, new inlets were installed in order to place all participating research groups and their projects. For example the group of the Goethe University Frankfurt (Linda Rondo in the picture), which investigates aerosol nucleation and growth.

    March 2013

    March 2013

    A project of the Institute of Applied Physics, University of Bern: Atmospheric remote sensing with a STEAMR (Stratosphere-Troposphere Exchange and Climate Monitor Radiometer) 340 GHz receiver prototype at Gornergrat.
    The Stratosphere-Troposphere Exchange and Climate Monitor Radiometer, IAP, Univ. of Bern, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland

    April 2013
    April 2013

    April 2013

    Prof. Grégoire Millet and his colleagues from the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL) compared in their research project at Jungfraujoch the physiological responses during exercise in hypobaric vs normobaric hypoxia.

    Picture on top: Researcher controlling the physiological parameters (cerebral oxygenation and blood flow, CO2 pressure etc.) while the subject breathes against a PEP (positive expiratory pressure).

    Picture below: Researchers checking the level of saturation and brain oxygenation as well as the power output while the subject is performing a cycling time trial.

    May 2013

    May 2013

    Within the framework of the Stellarium Gornergrat project, the RILA 600 telescope as well as the Takashi Mewlon 250, used for observing the planets, will be installed at Gornergrat. For a first test, the impressive telescope was mounted at the University of Bern (picture: Michael Affolter and Patrick Enderli, Space Research and Planetary Sciences, Physics Institute, University of Bern).

    June 2013

    June 2013

    A beautiful panoramic photo, made on the Sphinx observatory at Jungfraujoch (photo copyright Hans-Peter Sahrhage, www.panoramafotos.ch)

    July 2013

    July 2013

    Board meeting of the Swiss Physical Society (www.sps.ch/spg) in the library of the research station at Jungfraujoch.
    Photo by Prof. Dr. Antoine Weis, SPS.

    April 2013
    April 2013

    August 2013

    The Stellarium Gornergrat project is advancing successively: the University of Bern installed the telescope in the cupola of the south tower of the Kulmhotel at Gornergrat and in the meantime first tests and mechanical adjustments have been made.
    Photos by Anthony Servonet, University of Bern

    April 2013

    September 2013

    The study of the Department of Anesthesiology of the Inselspital Bern in collaboration with DARC (www.darc-airway.com) evaluates aids for intubation under extreme conditions - as for example on the glacier at Jungfraujoch.
    The picture shows how subjects intubate an anesthesia-dummy.
    Photo Copyright by Inselspital Bern

    October 2013

    October 2013

    At the beginning of September 2013, astronomers of the University of Bern took the first picture with the recently installed telescope at Gornergrat. The instrument still needs to be precisely aligned, but the picture of M31, better known as the Andromeda Galaxy, gives a hint on the potential of the telescope.
    Photo by P. Schlatter & M. Ploner
    Copyright by University of Bern

    November 2013

    November 2013

    In October, a delegation of the High Altitude Research Center (HARC) of the Taif University in Saudi Arabia visited the Foundation HFSJG during three days for an information exchange and a visit to the two research stations Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat. The picture shows Prof. Leuenberger, director HFSJG, Mr. Otz, custodian, Prof. El-Tarras, board member HARC as well as Dr. Al Saeed, director HARC during their visit at the research station Jungfraujoch.

    December 2013

    December 2013

    Mrs Erika Kienast-Sjögren from the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science of the ETH Zurich with the reinstalled ceilometer which measures the lower edge of clouds to see whether there are deep and dense clouds present.
    Directly above Mrs Kienast you see the Lidar (Leosphere ALS450), an instrument which uses a laser to detect clouds and aerosols. Mrs Kienast is especially interested in measuring cirrus cloud properties in the midlatitudes.

    December 2013

    January 2014

    The Foundation HFSJG is contemplating about temporarily extending its existing facilities at Jungfraujoch within the present Swisscom station in the Jungfrau east ridge.
    For 2014, first installations and tests regarding the suitability of the east ridge site for atmospheric measurements are planned.

    December 2013

    February 2014

    Visit of the High Alpine Research Station at Jungfraujoch in the course of the workshop 'Spawning the Atmosphere Measurements of Jungfraujoch, Schneefernerhaus and Sonnblick', from January 22-23, 2014 in Bern.
    The participants braved the bad weather and even took a picture on the Sphinx meteo terrace.

    March 2014

    March 2014

    CLACE (Cloud and Aerosol Characterisation Experiment) 2014 campaign at Jungfraujoch: The picture shows the University of Manchester platform, mast and instrumented 'wing' which is able to rotate and tilt instruments fitted to it directly into the wind. A suite of cloud microphysical instruments are deployed to measure the number, size distribution, phase and shape of the particles in the clouds.
    The ETH Zürich HOLIMO holographic spectrometer (uses digital holography to in situ image cloud particles) is also deployed on the wing (centre top) as is the SID (small ice detector to detect small ice particles in clouds) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (nearside).

    April 2014

    April 2014

    Since 2010, the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) is operating a MAX-DOAS (Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy) instrument at Jungfraujoch, which is able to measure aerosols and tropospheric trace gases (mainly nitrogen dioxide and formaldehyde) by using scattered sunlight from multiple viewing angles towards the horizon and the valley. These stratospheric and tropospheric observations are key data sets for the validation of satellite instruments and 3D chemical transport models.
    The picture shows the researchers Christian Hermans and Frederik Tack on the Sphinx terrace, while replacing some fundamental parts of their instrument.