Website provides precise snapshot of local weather
Researchers and weather-watching enthusiasts can now tap into local meteorological data gathered by the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University.
The center’s team has installed a weather station atop the seven-story building where its laboratory is located on ASU’s Tempe campus.
The station is equipped with an array of sensors and other components that monitor and measure temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind speed and direction and light intensity around its location.
The data — going back to March of 2016 — is updated monthly and posted on the center’s website, from which the information can also be downloaded.
“It provides a neat, precise, archived snapshot of the meteorological date for this area,” says Allen Wright, the executive director of the center operated by the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
The center’s research staff uses the information to look for correlations between weather conditions and the performance efficiency of the air-capture devices in its lab.
The center focuses on developing and implementing the next generation of carbon management technologies to help reduce the atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide that can negatively impact climate change and environmental health.
But Wright says the information provided by the weather station can also be helpful to other researchers doing experiments involving the effects of weather conditions on various materials, processes or systems.
The data may also be of interest to many amateur meteorologists and hobbyists who might want to compare the station’s readings with those from small home weather stations, he says.
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