Green Roof Monitoring
Living roofs are natural, aesthetically pleasing solutions for decreasing stormwater runoff, reducing energy costs, moderating the urban heat island effect and providing additional habitat in the city. Water collected in these systems can be used to irrigate plants in the green roof system as well, and automated monitoring systems can help to maintain an overview of surface temperatures and weather and soil conditions to assist with management of the roof.
Typical Green Roof Monitoring System
Demonstrating the value of a green roof can be done through an automated sensor network. NexSens green roof monitoring systems incorporate weather, surface temperature, soil moisture, and other types of sensors with data presentation on the WQData LIVE web datacenter.
The X2 data logger is the central component of NexSens green roof monitoring systems. It is compatible with a wide range of sensor types and manufacturers and can transmit near real-time data to WQData LIVE via Wi-Fi, radio or cellular telemetry. The system is plug-and-play with waterproof UW connectors and automatic sensor detection, streamlining the installation process.
Tipping bucket rain gauges are commonly integrated for precipitation measurement, while the Stevens HydraProbe is a popular sensor for its suite of soil temperature, moisture and conductivity measurements. Advanced systems can even incorporate water flow sensors to quantify reduction of stormwater runoff.
Flexible mounting options for the X2 simplify installation on rooftop structures. Power for continuous operation is supplied with SP-series solar power packs or connection to mains power.
Contact a NexSens Applications Engineer today to discuss your green roof monitoring application.
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