Conrad Observatory (Cobs)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics
Trafelberg 1-2, Conrad Observatory, Muggendorf, PO: 2763 (Austria)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2002
Operational since 2014
Under construction since 1999 to 2013
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Conrad Observatory is a geophysical observatory for monitoring important physical parameters of our planet. It is named after the Austrian geophysicist Victor Conrad (1876 - 1962), who worked for many years at the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamic (ZAMG) in Vienna. It is located 50km southwest of Vienna, Austria, in a nature reserve on the Trafelberg, at an altitude of just above 1000m. The observatory is almost entirely underground and guarantees, among other things, constant temperature for all applied techniques. With its range of supported measurement techniques, instrumentation and the layout of the underground facilities, the Conrad Observatory represents a unique research and development location for earth scientists of all disciplines. At the Conrad Observatory earthquake activity (seismology), changes in gravity and mass distribution, geomagnetic field variations, geodetic parameters, atmospheric waves and meteorological data are continuously monitored. Observatories are characterized by long term recording in widely stable measurement conditions. In addition to observation, the Conrad observatory provides several piers, socket and drilling holes for instrument development, calibration and research projects. National and international groups are welcome to use observational data as well as instrument facilities for research and development.The Conrad Observatory includes two main facilities:(1) The seismo-gravimetric observatory (SGO) which was opened in 2002.(2) The geomagnetic observatory (GMO) commenced operations in 2014.

RI Keywords
Gravity, Geophysics, Earth sciences, Magnetics, Geodesy, Seismology
RI Category
Earth, Ocean, Marine, Freshwater, and Atmosphere Data Centres
Natural History Collections
Atmospheric Measurement Facilities
Solid Earth Observatories, including Seismological Monitoring Stations
Acoustic monitoring stations
In situ Earth Observatories
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Geophysical observation, reserach and development facilities, geophysical training
Seismometers, gravimeters, geomagnetic and rock magnetic sensors and equipment, geophysical field equipment, meteorological sensors, GPS, calibration units for seismometers and magnetometers