How do you implement an effective wind sensor strategy?
Defining clear wind measurement goals is paramount to implementing a successful wind assessment strategy.
Understanding the basics, such as, the application, the location, the parameters and their range is absolutely critical prior purchasing any equipment.
This chapter will provide a checklist of the key requirements to implement an effective wind sensor strategy.
With the advent of compact Automatic Weather stations, you can now choose from a range of fully integrated platforms. Implementing an All-In-One solution will save you a considerable amount of time, cost and effort. However, choosing the correct sensor is paramount to collect successful data for your specific application.
Finding the best location to install an Automatic Weather Station is always a challenge. Fortunately, there are numerous models and tools available to optimize the installation choice of your wind sensors. Using topographical data, environmental assessments, or even weather reports, Observator team of Environmental Experts will be able to guide you to select the most viable location.
Wind direction and wind speed are the most common form of wind data. Nevertheless, monitoring air temperature has become a standard for many basic wind assessments. Optional parameters such as solar radiation, vertical wind-speed, change of temperature with height, rain and barometric pressure can also deliver critical information about atmospheric stability.
Automatic Weather Stations can quickly become costlier to maintain that to purchase on the first place. Investing in Self-Maintainable solutions or even renting a portable Wind-Alarm trailer is often much cheaper than retrieving the data yourself. Users should always take into consideration the entire lifetime of the product while budgeting for a wind sensor solution. Wind-Alarm solutions are generally designed to be modular devices in order to handle complex situations and are priced differently.
Observator Instruments technical team comprises a range of consultants able to support you in developing tailored applications based on your operational requirements. Our International wind experts will also be able to provide off-the-shelf wind sensor solutions to help you perform the installation yourself.
Automatic Weather Stations comes in various shapes and solutions. With a variety of data logging and telemetry capabilities, users can remotely monitor an AWS system in real-time from their desk. Performing site-visit can become extremely time-consuming and it is usually recommended to control the AWS remotely and retrieve the data on the go.
Today, inspection and calibration costs can be kept to a minimum using ultrasonic wind sensor with no moving parts. Those platforms are highly reliable and require very low maintenance. However, users should keep in mind that choosing the correct wind instrument will mostly depend on the type of application.