Weather station holding up in comparative field test
News - Friday 20/02 - Marc Cornelissen
For almost two years the lightweight Cold Facts weather station has been part of a field test just outside of Barrow, Alaska. A number of buoys and sensor rich instruments are deployed on land, close to the sea ice to be able to asses their reliability and level of accuracy through the seasons.
Assistant Professor, Oceanography of the University of Washington has set up the test site:
"This test site is one of the ways we get a handle on the accuracy of our instruments so we can reliably tell how fast the Earth is warming, how fast climate is changing. We know these buoys measure temperature within one tenth of one degree Celsius. We know we have some errors. We want to get a handle on those errors so we can determine how conclusive we are about statements we make in our research.”
The Cold Facts weather station has been working flawlessly and from the data we receive via satellite we can see that the battery is in good shape and will very likely overshoot the specified life expectancy of two years.
Here is a video explaining the test:
Below you can download the technical specifications of the weather station in PDF format: