Monitoring climate change in the South Pacific while helping local agriculture

BARANI MeteoHelix weather station in the South Pacific with a RainWise rain gauge. ( Image: Nouvelle station petit by  https://repair.nc )

BARANI MeteoHelix weather station in the South Pacific with a RainWise rain gauge. ( Image: Nouvelle station petit by https://repair.nc)

As part of a pilot project on water management started in July 2018 in New Caledonia in the South Pacific, the MeteoHelix IoT Pro weather stations connected through the wireless Sigfox network will provide critical weather information at never before possible all-weather accuracy. The quality of weather information supplied by the new MeteoHelix weather stations is such, that it will be able to be used for climatological monitoring of global warming in addition to its primary use for water management and agriculture. The weather stations were supplied by http://www.iot.nc, a leader in IoT development in the South Pacific.

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MeteoHelix IoT Pro micro weather stations are distributed by http://www.iot.nc in New Caledonia. Please email contact@iot.nc for more information.

MeteoHelix weather station watching over the international Pohoda music festival

The Pohoda music festival weather will not only be monitored by the SHMU but also by the ultra-precise MeteoHelix IoT Pro weather station connected to the international Sigfox wireless network operated by SimpleCell Slovakia. Being the only micro-weather station capable of providing accurate meteorological data in all climates and weather conditions, the MeteoHelix and its about to be released MeteoWind Compact IoT are perfectly suited for monitoring crowded and vandalism-prone places such as music festivals and inner cities.

With heat indexes climbing every year, it is important for music festival officials to have accurate data on air temperature and humidity and also on the intensity of solar irradiation to prevent heat strokes and other heat-induced emergencies.

For detailed weather information including weather forecast for the next 24 hrs at the Pohoda music festival, please see the following link:

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The Simple Math of Climate Change

Global warming & climate change is a simple balance between the increase in greenhouse gas emissions and the ability of natural processes to absorb them.

Global Temperature Change = Green House Gas Emissions - ( Natural Plant Life - Agricultural Land Use )

  • As Quantity of Green House Gases increases, global temperatures rise.

  • As Natural Plant Life increases, CO2 is absorbed and global warming decreases.

  • As Agricultural Land Use increases at the expense of Natural Plant Life, less CO2 is absorbed and global temperatures increase.

Increases in CO2 in the atmosphere help promote plant life growth to quickly absorb excess CO2 and return our planet’s climate into balance. As agricultural land use expands, natural pant life areas are converted into agricultural land through the destruction of natural vegetation.

Agricultural land takes up about 37% of earth’s surface. Since growing seasons last only a few months and crops are harvested just at the peak of their CO2 absorption capabilities, agricultural land absorbs CO2 only a small part of each year. This simple fact creates a large decrease in CO2 absorption capability compared to land with natural vegetation which absorbs CO2 year round.

While the contribution of agricultural equipment to CO2 and equivalent emissions is currently less than 10% of the total worldwide CO2 emissions (see chart), its contribution to the reduction of natural vegetation has not been accounted for.

Since 1960, both green house emissions and reduction in natural plant life due to expansion of agricultural land are both upsetting the energy balance of our ecosystems in the direction of global warming as shown below:

Can Precision Agriculture solve global warming?

Precision agriculture has been around for years, though no one knew how to name it. Since the invention of the personal weather station with a tipping-bucket rain gauge by RainWise Inc, farmers have had access to somewhat accurate local meteorological data, yet not many knew how to take full advantage of it. With the advances in computing power, agricultural equipment and data processing techniques, higher precision data becomes more valuable to take full advantage of the possible increases in farming efficiency. This, in combination with the looming Internet-of-Things technological revolution, has lead to the reinvention of the personal weather station as a professional quality instrument by BARANI DESIGN Technologies. Its MeteoHelix micro-weather stations are able to produce meteorological data of higher quality than most current climatological networks (3), in excess of World Meteorological Organization requirements, for a fraction of the price of the most popular RainWise and Davis personal weather stations.

Since farming is highly dependent on weather, farming decision making is dependent on good meteorological data quality. New farming efficiency gains through high-quality meteorological and soil data can significantly increase crop yields. If sensor and data affordability is maintained not at the expense of data quality with the goal of reversing global warning, as with the MeteoHelix weather stations, increases in crop yields will allow for a reduction in global agricultural land use. Reduction in global agricultural land use leading to expansion of natural vegetation areas will offset higher CO2 emissions even while our world population and emissions expand. The climate change equation will be moved closer to balance again.