Exergen's non-contact sensors avoid flooding by measuring snow surface temperature in meteorological stations

WATERTOWN, Mass. And ZIJTAART, the Netherlands - Exergen Global today announced that its IRt/c.10, infrared unpowered sensors with a field of view of 10:1, are being used to measure the temperature of snowy, icy, grungy surfaces by over 20 complex meteorological stations in Kazakhstan.

The meteorological stations measure many variables for data acquisition for weather forecasting and meteorological research. The Kazakhstan government employs these stations in mountainous areas where there’s seasonal risk of flooding. By accurately measuring snow surface temperature, in combination with other parameters such as snow height, ambient temperature and humidity, a reliable prediction can be made how much melting water is generated, allowing flood forecasting for safety measures.

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MICROSTEP-MIS, a state-of-the-art developer and manufacturer specialized in climate monitoring hardware and information systems has been operating in the area of environmental monitoring since 1993. In meteorological stations that are employed in Kazakhstan they use an Exergen IR temperature sensor to predict the melting rate of snow, allowing for a reliable flood warning system.

How a meteorological/weather station works

A meteorological station provides regular observations of atmospheric conditions. These stations are equipped with instruments for measuring atmospheric conditions to provide information for weather forecasts and to study the weather and climate. The measurements taken include temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and precipitation amounts. The observations are made in accordance with a standard program during a ten-minute interval every three or six hours or in some cases hourly. The data is acquired and send wirelessly to an acquisition system for analysis. This information is essential for organizations in weather forecast services, scientific (climate) studies, airports, road management, agriculture, mountain rescue, ski resorts etc. Microstep MIS has installed more than 20 of these stations in mountainous areas in Kazakhstan to predict flooding.

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