Weather Monitoring 101: Which Weather Station is Right for You?
Choosing the right weather station can be confusing. Hundreds of options exist for weather monitoring ranging from $200,000+ aviation-grade observation systems to $25,000 WMO-grade mesonet stations with redundant rain gauges and multi-height wind and temperature observations, all the way to $300 hobbyist-level stations.
How do you know which system is right for you? And what is the sweet spot for price vs. maintenance vs. accuracy for your unique application?
Understand your choices
In this 20-minute webinar, METER research scientist, Dr. Doug Cobos explores the research weather station price vs. utility continuum. Find out:
- Why you need weather data as an ancillary measurement, even if your primary measurement needs are in the soil or plant community
- Why you should consider data quality vs. maintenance and measurement parameter combinations in your cost analysis
- 3-season vs. 4-season performance
- Which situations require low-, medium-, or high-grade solutions, and how high should you go?
- Pros and cons of different solutions
- Where is the sweet spot for performance divided by price in your application?
Dr. Cobos is a Research Scientist and the Director of Research and Development at METER. He also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University where he co-teaches Environmental Biophysics. Doug’s Masters Degree from Texas A&M and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota focused on field-scale fluxes of CO2 and mercury, respectively. Doug was hired at METER to be the Lead Engineer in charge of designing the Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe (TECP) that flew to Mars aboard NASA’s 2008 Phoenix Scout Lander. His current research is centered on instrumentation development for soil and plant sciences.