Network of the IONIAN - PUGLIA Meteorological stations
This web page provides real-time per minute values of 9 basic Meteorological and Environmental parameters which are measured continuously by 17 stations properly distributed along the geographic region of the Ionian Islands (the Greek 7-Islands) and Puglia (Italy); 25 more parameters are further computed at a second stage.
The stations' geographical distribution (in reference to their installation place and acronym) is the following:
♦ PAXOS: St. Isauros (PAX-1)
♦ LEFKADA : Lefkada Lagoon (LFK-1)
♦ STROFADES: Stamfani (STR-1),
♦ ILIA: Cape Katakolo (KTL-1)
Most of the stations are build on a 10-m height permanent met-mast structure.
The network of Ionian Meteorological stations was initiated (2007-2010) through some stations of the Technological Educational Institute of the Ionian Islands in Zakynthos, the islets of Strofades, and Ilia. Subsequently (between 2012 and 2014) it was expanded to the Ionian Islands as well as Puglia locations (within of the European project of cross-border cooperation Greece - Italy, with the acronym DEMSNIISI / Interreg IV). The stations have been also included in the operative network of the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS).
At the present stage, the Greek section of the network operates under the scientific supervision and operational administration of the Laboratory of Physical Environment, Energy, and Environmental Biology (Department of Environment, Ionian University). The operational functionality of the network is supported by the work: "Current Meteorological Conditions, Climatic and Climate Change" Fire in the Ionian Islands ”of the project: "Innovative Business System for Natural Risk Management in the Region of the Ionian Islands" with the acronym LAERTIS. The management and scientific supervision of the Puglia facilities belongs to the Province of Puglia and the University of Salento.
AVAILABLE PRODUCTS (or … how to explore this web-page)
The information which is recorded by the network stations is provided in 3 forms :
1. MAPS for every measured parameter.
Choose “LIVE” in order to see the current minute value for each of the measured parameters at the stations' places (per minute mean wind is the default parameter). You can select any other of the available parameters and units from the menu seen on the right side of the appeared map. See here a list of the measured parameters.
Click on the “ALL” selection in order to see a cyclically repetitive presentation of all the available parameters along the Ionian.
2. PER STATION available measurements
The small asterisks on the map are stations' active symbols. Driving your mouse above each asterisk activates the appearance of an information card, listing all parameters which are available for the current minute from the specific station (wind direction also appears in a higher resolution azimuthal cycle).
3. Six-hrs VARIABILITY
Press on the “Climatic Archive” selection to see a graphical representation of the latest 6-hrs variability of a selected parameter at each station. You can also compare the variability of a single parameter between two different locations, or alternatively, the variability of two parameters at a single location. When the desired stations/parameters combination selection has been completed, press on “GRAPH” in order to activate the associated 6-hrs plot.
REGISTER in order to have access in pieces of 6-hrs long original observations (provided as numerical files in xls format).
Select “FORECAST Links” in order to navigate among various external providers of numerical weather forecasts for the Ionian Sea area.
A shortlist of scientific articles related to the Atmospheric, Climatic, and Oceanic dynamics of the Ionian Sea area can be also seen in the “Scientific ARTICLES” section.