Weather Stations

Agriculture specialists, researchers, climatologists and the community benefit from data collected by weather stations. These “stations” are a suite of weather sensors combined to provide data on parameters such as rain, wind, humidity, temperature and PAR. Data from these stations are used to predict local weather, model local climate, plan irrigation schedules and more.

Specifying and building a research-grade weather station is straightforward with NexSens data loggers and industry-standard sensors. Data can be viewed in real-time with numerous telemetry options. Mast configurations can accommodate all sensors and data logging equipment, simplifying mounting and installation.

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Case Studies

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Monitoring Platform Protects Native Culture

The Penobscot River is at the heart of Penobscot Indian culture. For hundreds of years, the tribe has looked on it as a source for food and medicine, as well as a means of transportation. But in recent years, algal blooms have gotten worse in the river, believed to be caused by phosphorus discharges from a paper processing plant. Not long after the plant was fined and ceased operations, the Penobscot Indian Nation secured funding to launch a water quality monitoring platform on the river. The platform serves as a guardian both to the Penobscot River and to the culture that still thrives around it today.

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Monitoring Great Lakes Weather

In the 1960s, approximately 50 individual weather monitoring programs run by various independent oceanographic agencies aimed to better understand and communicate marine weather conditions for both mariners and researchers. Work began in the '70s to consolidate these programs and place them under control of a single agency. Today, NOAA’s National Weather Service controls and manages the National Data Buoy Center. The mission of the NDBC is to provide "…comprehensive, reliable systems and marine observations to support the missions of the National Weather Service (NWS) and NOAA, promote public safety, and satisfy the future needs of (their) customers."

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Multi-Parameter Weather Monitoring

Located on the shores of Kentucky Lake in southwestern Kentucky, the Hancock Biological Station provides scientists with a base of operation for field research and offers students field-oriented classes, individualized instruction, independent research, and close interactions with researchers and faculty. HBS is also the field facility for the Center for Reservoir Research and for the Ecological Consortium of Mid-America. The region is diverse in aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Southwestern Kentucky has one of the largest densities of major rivers and reservoirs of any region in the world. Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, ponds, and streams are in close proximity.

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