Weather · FoCus FInlAnd 2012 W ith winter for roughly half of each year, Finland depends on efficient management of snow and ice. This calls for constant readiness and streamlined collaboration the right combination of weather data, know-how, and equipment. In early 2011, when many European and American airports were paralysed by blizzards, Helsinki Airport continued to operate smoothly, earning international media attention for its super-efficient `snow-how'. processes and cooperation between all "We've had visitors from numerous the necessary stakeholders in place." airports seeing how we actually do the Last year, Finavia hosted the first Snowwinter trick," says Heini NoronenHow Seminar for some 70 European Juhola, vice president at national airport officials, offering them a broad airport operator Finavia. The keys to range of procedures keeping the airport running to keep airports runsmoothly, she says, are sim"forecaStInG tHe WeatHer IS ning in tough winter ple: "We have equipment that's designed especially one of tHe Key conditions. According to Noronen-Juhola, they for airport snow-clearing eleMentS In were surprised most and anti-ice and de-icing SnoW-HoW." of all by the polished treatments of runways. cooperation between the Skilled, well-trained winter maintenance team and air traffic professionals work in teams, typically control, and how the snow clearing can with one vehicle or machine per person. be done even as air traffic continues The maintenance units are on call 24 normally. Air traffic controllers direct hours a day. Most importantly, we have AS CliMATE CHANgE BriNgS MOrE EXTrEME CONDiTiONS WOrlDWiDE, THErE iS iNCrEASiNg DEMAND FOr BETTEr WEATHEr SkillS AND TECHNOlOgy. TEXT WIf StenGer PHOTO vISItfInland.coM illuSTrATiON anttI KanGaSSalo WelcoMe WInter! 24
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