China Sets Up Everest Weather Station

Chinese researchers installed the highest automatic weather station in the world on Wednesday at an altitude of 8,800 meters on top of Mount Everest to study the effects of climate change.

The new weather station would be the first to use high-precision radar to measure the thickness of snow and ice on the peak of the world’s highest mountain.

The weather stations would also help scientists monitor and understand the global monsoon system and other weather mechanisms concerning climate change, biodiversity preservation, and sustainable development.

The scientific research project on Everest named “Summit Mission” was fully launched on April 28, with five scientific research teams, 16 scientific research groups, and more than 270 researchers participating. 

Yao Tandong,  leader of the expedition and a noted glaciologist, said that the Chinese scientists established eight weather stations from 5,200 to 8,800 meters above sea level as they traveled up the mountain.

The new weather station would replace the Balcony Station as the highest weather station on Earth, set up on Everest in 2019 at 8,430 meters above sea level by American and British scientists.

Mount Everest is in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, known as the roof of the world, the water tower of Asia, and the Earth’s third pole.

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