What are Weather Stations used for?
Weather Stations monitor data with a wide variety of sensor sets. These sensors capture valuable information, including temperature, rainfall, radiance, wind speed and direction, and relative humidity.
The weather station measures, logs and sends data to the ‘cloud’. Through web and mobile applications, growers reap the benefits of real time meteorological data.
How does the SuniTAFE SMART Farm use the Weather Station?
Students and teachers at the SuniTAFE SMART Farm can analyse data provided by the Weather Station sensors, including: evapotranspiration, air temperature, dew point, relative humidity, precipitation, global radiation, wind speed, leaf wetness and temperature, and frost warnings.
A critical aspect in production at the SuniTAFE SMART Farm is weather and climate data, as it aids in both yield and quality of the fruit grown. We can also use this data to assist in our irrigation scheduling in the vines.
Additionally, the Weather Station is positioned in the Chardonnay patch at the SuniTAFE SMART Farm, providing added data to a disease modelling project. This allows us to determine the likelihood of a disease outbreak (a consequence of weather factors including sun intensity, temperature and humidity).
Our courses in Horticulture and Agriculture now use the Weather Station as we transition to SMART farming.
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