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International Laboratory-Observatory Pyramid

Description The Pyramid is located at 5,050 m a.s.l., in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park near Everest Base Camp. Since 1990, it has been offering the international scientific community a priceless opportunity for studying subjects such as biodiversity, the environment, climate, atmospheric pollution, human physiology and geology in a remote mountain area. The Pyramid is managed by the Ev-K2-CNR Committee (Italy) in collaboration with the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology. The three-story glass, aluminium and steel structure, with its stable square-based pyramid shape, is equipped with advanced technological instrumentation, including telecommunications and internet services. It is entirely self sufficient, using only renewable energy and waste is managed in collaboration with the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee according to local regulations. Several permanent monitoring stations have been installed at the Pyramid and in the surrounding area in the framework of SHARE Project promoted by Ev-K2-CNR. Since 2006 continuous measurements of aerosol, ozone and meteorological parameters, weekly samplings of particulate matter and grab air samples for the determination of halocarbons, were carried out at the GAW station “Nepal Climate Observatory – Pyramid”, the highest observatory of the UNEP-ABC program and a unique source of data on atmospheric composition in the Himalayas, located near the Pyramid.
URL http://www.evk2cnr.org
Status Operational since 1990
Scientific Domains Environmental Sciences
RI Categorization Atmospheric Measurement Facilities
Location Via San Bernardino 145, Bergamo, Italy
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15170