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Coordinates:

Latitude - 42°11´
Longitude - 23° 35´
Altitude, - 2925 m

Moussala is the highest peak of Rila Mountain and the Balkan Peninsula. The BEO Moussala observatory is located in the Rila National Park in the Central Rila Reserve in South-West Bulgaria, approximately 55 km South-East from Sofia. BEO is accessible from Borovets winter resort, then 40 min by cable car and about 3h or more walking, depending on the season. The only transport to the peak is a cargo lift. Because of the high elevation of the mountain observa­tory, the site can be considered to be in the free troposphere and far away from the regional contamination for most of the time.

 

About Us

Basic Environmental Observatory was constructed 1959, destroyed 1983 and reconstructed - 2000.

Our mission is monitoring and management of high mountain ecosystems. The main fields of research are:
Complex Environmental Monitoring
Control of Long Range Radionuclides and Toxic Elements Transport
Atmospheric Physics
Atmospheric Chemis­try
Astrophysics
Sensor and Detector Development
Complex Measuring Device Design
Our national and regional objectives in accordance with European policies are:
Radiological and chemical monitoring of environment in order to control the large-scale and long-term changes and transborder transport of pollutants
Establish long-term collaborations with other European high mountain observatories
Improvement of the telecommunication and information system transmitting environmental observation data to the Global Network in real time.
Improvement of measuring devices and methods
Further harmonization of quality assurance programs with European standards
Realization of active exchange of information and specialists all over the world

 

BEO Moussala is certified by:

ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management No. 3312/0
ISO 14001:2004 Environment Management No. 357/0

 

Scientists

Member Occupation E-mail Phone
Christo Vachkov Angelov Associate Professor, Ph.D. - Head of the Laboratory Този имейл адрес е защитен от спам ботове. Трябва да имате пусната JavaScript поддръжка, за да го видите. 5611
Nina Hristova Nikolova Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Този имейл адрес е защитен от спам ботове. Трябва да имате пусната JavaScript поддръжка, за да го видите. 5618
Stefan Todorov Todorov Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Този имейл адрес е защитен от спам ботове. Трябва да имате пусната JavaScript поддръжка, за да го видите. 5616
Ivo Emilov Kalapov Assistant Professor Този имейл адрес е защитен от спам ботове. Трябва да имате пусната JavaScript поддръжка, за да го видите. 5612
Aneta Vasileva Boyadjieva Programmer Този имейл адрес е защитен от спам ботове. Трябва да имате пусната JavaScript поддръжка, за да го видите. 5615
Borislav Johanes Pigov Technician
Boyanka Emilova Joncheva-Boyuklieva Electronical engineer 5615
Hristo Metodiev Ivanov Mathematician 5615
Kiril Georgiev Georgiev Electronical engineer 5613
Kostadin Kirilov Georgiev Electronical engineer 5613
Tako Borisov Mladenov Laboratory assistant
Todor Petkov Arsov Assistant 5614
Valentin Ganchev Ganchev Laboratory assistant
Vladimir Marinov Vencharski Technician

Projects

- BEOBAL, FP6, "BEO Centre of Excellence Research Capacity Improvement for Sustainable Environment and Advanced Integration into ERA"

- EUSAAR, FP6, "European Supersites for Atmospheric Aerosol Research"

- ACTRIS, FP7, "Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network", Project Number 265254, "Research Infrastructures for Atmospheric Research", 01.04.2011- 31.03.2015)

 

Publications

Collaborations

Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA), Sofia
European Commission through the Joint Research Centre (JRC, Ispra), Italy
World Meteorological Organization, Global Atmosphere Watch (WMO, GAW)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA
Space Environmental and Analysis Network (SEVAN)
Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX), Czech Republic
Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU),Norway

Downloads

BEO Moussala Station is recognized as a GAW Regional Station. View certificate here

Workshop

History

Cosmic ray station Moussala 1959 - 1983

Cosmic ray station Moussala 1959 - 1983

1932 - Inauguration of Meteorological Station on peak Moussala.

1959 – Opening of Cosmic Ray Station on peak Moussala.

1983 - Destroy of Cosmic Ray Station after a fire.

1993 - Start of Bulgarian-French project OM2 for monitoring and management of high mountain ecosystems.

 

BEO Moussala 2006

BEO Moussala 2006

1999 – Inauguration of Basic Environmental Observatory (BEO) – Moussala.

2002 - Creation of BEO Centre of Excellence.

2002-2003 – HIMONTONET and NUSES FP5 projects.

2005 – BEOBAL FP6 project.

2007 - Moussala became pan-European Research Infrastructure.

2010 - BEO Moussala - Regional GAW station.

 

Gallery

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