Weather station project to help with disaster preparedness

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The work is being carried out as part of the Network of More Robust Weather Stations to Support Climate Resilience project, led by Riverine Plains, which recently received a grant from the federal government.

Kate Coffey, Riverine Plains Project Manager, said on-farm weather stations and soil moisture sensor technologies are important tools for farmers planning weather-sensitive operations such as seeding, spraying, harvesting or scheduling irrigation.

“The weather stations of the Official Bureau of Meteorology can be located up to 200 km from each other. To fill in the gaps, farmers often install on-farm weather stations to monitor temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, rainfall, and soil moisture in real time. on their farms,” Ms Coffey said.

“Because these on-farm weather stations and soil moisture probes are networked and installed over a wide area, it is possible to leverage them to better support existing Bureau of Meteorology stations and expand their usefulness to help communities to prepare for climatic events such as fires and floods.”

Riverine Plains and its project partners collectively manage a network of over 80 on-farm weather stations and soil moisture sensors across South Australia.

“Working alongside our partners in the Agricultural System Group means the project has the potential to overcome some of the existing barriers to sharing climate data, so it is accessible to a wider audience and creates better management outcomes. emergencies,” Ms Coffey said.

“We are also looking at ways to improve accessibility by combining these separate networks into a single platform, while ensuring data is collected and presented in a way that meets user needs.”

The project will also look at long-term funding for sites and explore other ways to deliver data where mobile coverage is poor.

“With global warming likely to increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, better public access to existing networks of on-farm weather stations could really help communities and emergency services identify and manage situations. high risk,” Ms Coffey said.

“This could be particularly important where fast-drying fuel loads may increase the risk of fire or where saturated soils may increase the risk of flooding, or where a fire or flood is in progress and communities or emergency services need more information.”

For more information call Kate Coffey on 5744 1713 or email: [email protected]

To access Riverine Plains’ network of weather stations and soil moisture probes, visit: https://riverineplains.org.au/riverine-plains-soil-moisture-probe-weather-station-network/

MEETING AND WELCOME

Riverine Plains will hold its AGM on Friday 28th October at 6pm on the lake behind the Royal Hotel in Mulwala.

A barbecue will follow, at which Riverine Plains General Manager Cath Marriott said all members, affiliates, student members and partners are welcome whether or not they attended the AGM.

All food and drink will be provided.

The group also offers members (depending on resources):

– Drone photos of your farm to assess flood damage.

– Support for funding applications for flood relief.

More information: https://email.riverineplains.org.au

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