Deploying Weather Stations: A Best Practice Guide
From the tropics to the poles, climate, agriculture and other types of researchers rely on unattended research-grade, data logging weather stations. For example, the US Department of Agriculture uses weather stations to study anything from molecular plant pathology to forest management. Non-government groups, such as universities, use weather stations to study a wide array of subjects including how glacial activity affects air temperature. Additionally, commercial companies depend on weather stations to conduct businesses. Paul Sloan, owner of Small Vines Vineyard, uses a research-grade weather station to determine placement of protective windscreens. He says, “Since data loggers are so portable, we can take temperature readings at different points up a hill during the course of the year and find where the frost line ends.”
Weather stations monitor environmental parameters such as temperature, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, soil moisture, barometric pressure and photosynthetically-active radiation (PAR). Researchers using weather stations typically require highly accurate and reliable measurements over long periods of time. Moreover, their deployments are often located in harsh environments. Since weather stations monitor conditions 24/7 at a specific site, researchers can obtain precise measurements instead of making estimates based on regional weather data.
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