The location of the Ruisdael Observatory – in a coastal climate and amidst major European industrial areas and cities – makes that a large variety of air masses and weather types can be observed and studied. The Dutch landscape and human activities in it are well documented and also intensively monitored. This unique combination of features makes the Ruisdael Observatory particularly attractive to international researchers working on improvement of both observational capabilities and modelling tools for climate change predictions for regions around the world. The capacity of the Ruisdael Observatory spans the whole range of measuring precipitation, clouds, aerosols, trace and greenhouse gases, boundary layer turbulence and energy fluxes. This will give the novel insights needed to understand the atmosphere of today, predict that of tomorrow and of the decades to come.
The Ruisdael Observatory is an advancement and extension of existing facilities. It consists of the following stations:
work in progress