And now Part 2 of my preview of Vienna´s long night of research: the ZAMG

Last Saturday I had a chance to join Instagramers Austria for an Instawalk and tour a place I have never been to: the Central Office of Meteorology and Geodynamics (Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik), ZAMG for short.  Located in Vienna´s 19th district, it is also popularly referred to as “Hohe Warte” for its location.

The ZAMG at Hohe Warte welcomes visitors during Long Night of Research. The programmes for adults and children promise to be quite interesting.


As I mentioned in my previous post, on 13 April 2018 you can (and should)  visit some of Vienna´s cultural and research institutions for free.  There are really too many places to see them all during Lange Nacht der Forschung (Long Night of Research), but I personally have at least 2 or 3 in mind.   The ZAMG is one of the places you can visit.

The photovoltaic panels on the roof of ZAMG
The roof of one of their building features a large array of photovoltaic panels. In the background you can see an old radar tower.


If you think all they do is the weather, think again.   They do indeed run the Austrian official weather service (want to check if they are forecasting rain for tomorrow?)  But they also have a large group of experts working on  climate monitoring and research.  AND, they would be the ones to issue the first warning on such catastrophic events as nuclear accidents – may we never need to heed such a warning!


The monitoring room at ZAMG
24 hour monitoring of weather and catastrophic events is going on in this very room.


What´s really cool is that the ZAMG wants YOU!  You, the average citizen, can contribute to scientific research.  Did you know, that there are a whole lot of citizen science projects going on in Austria?   You had no idea?  Well, then maybe also head for the fabulous Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Natural History Museum) on LNF18.  The NHM will have a Citizen Science Marketplace, where you can find out about several such projects and talk to the scientists running them in person.  Plus, they will have a fascinating LNF18 programme too.

At the ZAMG, one of the citizen science projects you can participate in is about phenology.    Pheno…. say what?   Phenology is really just about watching what blossoms or grows at any given date – you just need your eyes, and an app – so grab your smartphone and get out into your local park or the Vienna Woods and start recording…  During long night of research, you might want to look at the neat little phenological garden circle at the ZAMG.


Phenology garden at ZAMG
It would seem that we are having a late “early spring” – if you look closely you can see the flowers growing in the second field at the left side of the circle.
Wiechert Seismograph
The “Wiechert seismograph” was developed by the world´s first professor of geophysics, Emil Wiechert, in Germany in the early 1900s. This one was used until 1977!

The ZAMG has several interesting feature programmes during LNF18.  For example, you can learn how a tornado forms,  hear from experts about all kinds of spectacular natural phenomena (think earthquakes and thunderstorms), or watch a weather balloon rise – how cool is that?

ZAMG premises and research areas


Have a look at the entire programme of the LNF18 — I bet you´ll have a hard time choosing what to see.

Visit the ZAMG virtually – they also have an English language website.




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