The mission of this Working group is:
- to help in maintaining mutual consistency between site-testing and monitoring instruments world-wide
- to develop standards and definitions of site parameters
- to promote information exchange on site-testing and monitoring methods, equipment, calibration
- to encourage international cooperation in site-testing, including developing countries
We focus on site-testing for night-time optical and IR astronomy and leave aside radio and day-time
testing, at least for now. This WG covers only the instrumentation aspects of site testing and monitoring.
News and announcements
March 31, 2011: the book on seeing inspired by the Kona-2007 meeting is published:
Seeing Clearly: The Impact of Atmospheric Turbulence on the Propagation of Extraterrestrial Radiation
Ed. S. Businger. ISBN 978-1-60264-698-8 (Hardcover). $39.95. 212 pages.
January 18, 2011:
SCAR Astronomy and Astrophysics, Antarctica program
29 June - 1 July 2011.
The meeting is themed around the four AAA Working Groups:
- Site testing, validation and data archiving.
- Arctic site testing.
- Science goals.
- Major new facilities.
Registration is open!
January 3, 2011:
Site-testing data links (A. Otarola)
Conference "Astronomical Site Testing Data".
Valparaiso (Chile), December 1-3, 2010.
Conference COMPREHENSIVE CHARACTERIZATION OF ASTRONOMICAL SITES.
RUSSIA, Kislovodsk (Caucasus Mineral Waters region), 4-9 October 2010.
See the Conference web page
The Thirty Meter Telescope Project is launching a new database
containing five years of atmospheric data from the telescope’s
initial five candidates sites: Cerro Tolar, Cerro Armazones, and Cerro
Tolonchar, Chile; San Pedro Martir, Mexico; and Mauna Kea, Hawaii, the
site selected for TMT. A website containing the entire dataset
http://sitedata.tmt.org , the largest of its kind, has been released
free-of-charge to the public.