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It's not a bird, it's not a plane... It's VAG Ushuaia!

He doesn't wear cloak, he's 25 years old and watch our skies. It's VAG Ushuaia, our Global Atmospheric Monitoring Station. We tell you what he takes care of.

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In movies superheroes wear costume, they have superpowers and fight against some villain. Our  End of the World  Watcher doesn't need the mask. His secret weapons are science, perseverance and balloons, many balloons. His archenemy is the most dangerous of all, the fearsome  climate change . That's why VAG Ushuaia,  our Global Atmospheric Monitoring Station , is fighting not just for us, but for the whole planet.

 A contribution from Tierra del Fuego to the world 

The Ushuaia Global Atmospheric Monitoring Station, better known by its acronym VAG, is located on the coast of the   Beagle Canal  . He has served 25 years at the service of our planet, studying both atmospheric gases and greenhouse gases, ozone and aerosols. All key parts in the  research of climate change, the ozone hole and solar radiation linked to UV rays . While our Vigilante works in  a desolate place, he is not alone, as it is part of a network of 30 international stations. Thus, the information collected is extremely valuable. It allows us to know the situation of our atmosphere and is used to issue recommendations for  responsible care of the  environment  .

 Dropping balloons 

At VAG Ushuaia Station, ozone is permanently measured every day of the year with three different equipment: a spectrophotometer, a dobson and using ozonosounds. This last measurement is the most accurate and the most beautiful too. It is performed using a balloon with helium gas that rises in the  atmosphere  to a height of 50 kilometers.  Ozonosounding with balloons  are performed from August to December once a week, and in the months where the hole is opened, the frequency is increased up to three times a week. It is an unparalleled show that the Station's scientists gently take care of sharing through their  social networks .

 Am I wearing an umbrella? 

The information collected by VAG Ushuaia Station also has  direct effects on our  daily lives  . All data obtained are used for research, projects and bulletins issued by the World Meteorological Organization and the  National Meteorological Service . So, every time you beat a storm hand or wear the right clothes for the temperature of the room, you know who to thank. Her name is VAG Ushuaia.

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Publication Date: 06/06/2020

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