Micro-Climates with Meter Group
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About the Event
Have you ever wanted precise weather calculations with little to no maintenance required? Have you ever imagined a device that utilizes 0.017 mm resolution that can accurately measure small rainfall and even heavy dew events that other rain gauges miss? innov8.ag is presenting a webinar dedicated to the importance of understanding micro-climates with Meter Group. This webinar will discuss the implications of having data around the micro-climates of your orchard or vineyard to better inform management and labor decisions.
Hear From METER Group and WSU Experts:
Colin Campbell • Senior Research Scientist at METER • PhD, Environmental Biophysics • Masters in Soil Physics
Dr. Colin Campbell has been a research scientist at METER for 20 years following his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in Soil Physics. He is currently serving as Vice President of METER Environment. He is also adjunct faculty with the Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University where he co-teaches Environmental Biophysics, a class he took over from his father, Gaylon, nearly 20 years ago. Dr. Campbell’s early research focused on field-scale measurements of CO2 and water vapor flux but has shifted toward moisture and heat flow instrumentation for the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.
Dave Brown • PhD, Director • Washington State University • AgWeatherNet
Dave is an Associate Professor of Soil Science and director of WSU's AgWeatherNet, a source of data and support tools for Washington State growers and policy-makers. His research group is focused on measuring, modeling and explaining the spatial variability of soil properties and processes at hill slope to regional scales. In pursuing this research, he can make extensive use of digital terrain modeling, optical remote sensing, spatial statistics, and proximal soil sensing techniques (e.g. VisNIR spectroscopy).
Sensors used at Smart Orchard Project:
The Atmos 41 micro climate weather stations is a small, affordable, easily installed, and durable weather station with 12 different weather variables. It was designed for continuous deployment in harsh climates, such as Africa, which means there are no moving parts to fail. Reliability and maintenance are simplified because there’s never any mechanical wear. Plus, the ATMOS 41 weather station is accurate. Specialized pins made of real gold measure every drop of rain. The 0.017 mm resolution means it can accurately measure small rainfall and even heavy dew events that other rain gauges miss. And, no moving parts means the ATMOS 41 anemometer is accurate at low wind speeds. Installation is also simplified as it has plug and play capabilities with near real-time data access from the cloud when used with the ZL6 data logger.
Using such a station allows the grower to obtain a variety of weather variables without having to constantly manage wear and tear on the device. This gives the grower more informed decisions with less to deal with.
The Atmos 14, in-canopy weather station combines air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, and vapor pressure all into one sensors. The Atmos 14 is a low-maintenance and rapid sensor designed to take temp/RH measurements. By keeping this sensor compact and durable, the grower can collect data even in tight, hard to reach places. Setup is simple as it has plug and play capabilities with near real-time data access from the cloud when used with
the ZL6 data logger.
Check out our Weather Sensor Partner's Blog to learn more!
Webinar Outline: roughly 45 mins
- Introduction innov8.ag – (5 mins)
- Guest Grower: Shawn Tweedy (5-10mins)
- METER Group with Colin Campbell- (~10 mins)
- What we say and value of weather stations with Dave Brown (~10 mins)
- Innov8.ag closing (2 mins)
- Q/A (5 mins)