The Documentary on the Izaña Observatory, produced in commemoration of its 100th anniversary, was presented on June 2, 2017 at the Museum of Science and Cosmos (Tenerife)

On June 2, 2017 at 19h the documentary “Izaña, the place to find the answers” was presented at the Museum of Science and the Cosmos of San Cristobal de La Laguna (Tenerife), with a large number of people. This documentary was produced by AEMET to commemorate the centenary of the Observatory of Izaña.



The documentary was presented by the director of the Izaña Atmospheric Research Centre (AEMET), Dr. Emilio Cuevas-Agulló, who said the motivation to do it and the most remarkable features of the Observatory of Izaña. The film’s director, Fernando Rey Daluz, described the most significant technical aspects of filming, difficulties encountered and the most important ideas that were intended to convey. Dr. Antonio Mampaso, researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, and director of the Museum of Science and the Cosmos, acted as moderator of the symposium held after the screening of the documentary.



From left to right: Emilio Cuevas, Antonio Mampaso and Fernando Rey

The documentary is available on YouTube in both Spanish and English.

A comprehensive technical report of the documentary can be found here.

In 2016 the Izaña Observatory celebrated its centenary. For this reason a documentary that reveals its interesting and rich history as well as the activities currently being developed at the Izaña Atmospheric Research Centre (IARC), from the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), was produced. The documentary describes in an informative way the main problems and atmospheric challenges and how they are approached by the scientific community, in general, and by the Observatory of Izaña, in particular.

The creation of the Izaña Observatory was a project promoted at the international level, specifically by Hugo Hergesell, Professor of the University of Berlin, director of the Observatory of Lindenberg and president of the International Commission for Scientific Aerostation (ICSA).

The current activities at the Izaña Atmospheric Observatory, under the Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) program coordinated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), are the first link in the study of climate change. The Observatory of Izaña observes and investigates the evolution of atmospheric components foster a change in the Earth’s climate, such as greenhouse gases and atmospheric aerosols, atmospheric components cause ozone layer depletion, and those reactive gases and aerosols that play a role air quality on a global scale. Studies on those physical and atmospheric processes behind changes of the atmosphere are also investigated. The centenary series of several meteorological parameters obtained at the Izaña observatory are today’s use to detect and quantify climate change, and to differentiate it from the natural climate variability.

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