picture of the alps

About VAO

Since 19 April 2012 the “Virtual Alpine Observatory“ (VAO) has been operating as a network of European High Altitude Research Stations based in the Alps and similar mountain ranges, and now includes twelve countries (Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Georgia, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland). This cross-border and interdisciplinary cooperation has made it possible to address in great depth scientific problems relating to the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and cryosphere systems, and also the possible impact of environmental influences on health.

the general session on permafrost
APRIL 17, 2024


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Group photos of the participants of the 10th VAO Board Meeting
March 19, 2024

10th VAO Board Meeting

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Kaprun Castle
Save the date! - from April 2 to 4, 2025

7th VAO symposium

in Austria, Kaprun Castle