Repair and maintenance work
The task of the people responsible for the network monitoring activities is to identify any problems that may occur and to initiate the required actions to rectify them. As soon as the measurement station is identified, the monitoring center can instruct one of the four regional MeteoSwiss maintenance centers to solve the problems on site hampering the measurement operations. These regional centers are located in Davos, Locarno, Payerne and Zurich.
The operation of the automatic monitoring network in Switzerland represents a specific challenge, in particular due to the possible extreme weather conditions that may occur. Careful maintenance work is thus particularly important. Each station is inspected once a year, with its respective instruments being cleaned thoroughly and calibrated. The stations are also checked every one to two weeks in order to maintain the surrounding terrain and clean the instruments, for example.