Weather / Fire Weather

What We Do

Campbell Scientific builds automated weather stations specifically for fire weather. Our weather stations are known for their versatility and reliability, even in harsh environments. These features make them ideal for fire weather monitoring. Several configurations of our fire weather stations are available, but all of our fire weather stations can monitor, record, and transmit meteorological data relevant to fire danger prediction.

The versatility of our fire weather stations allows them to serve more than one purpose. Our equipment has been used for fire research during prescribed burns, and monitored conditions near fire lines. A suitably sited fire weather station could also be used for avalanche forecasting in the winter or serve as a year-round hydrological monitoring station with the addition of a water-depth sensor.

Sensors used in Fire Weather Stations

Our fire weather stations are equipped with a suite of high quality meteorological sensors for monitoring wind speed, wind direction, precipitation, air temperature, and relative humidity. Sensors to measure fuel moisture, fuel temperature, soil water content, soil temperature, and solar radiation can also be added to a fire weather station. Campbell Scientific dataloggers can interface to many sensors with different output types, and can measure large numbers of sensors.

Telemetry

Data can be transmitted over a variety of telecommunication options, including satellite, telephone, cell phone, and radio. Read our overview of communications options or see what communications products we offer.

Quick Deployment Fire Weather Systems

Our Quick Deployment (QDP) Systems are ideal for prescribed burns or other temporary installations. Customers can set up the station in as little as 5 minutes—without tools. Each QDP station is preprogrammed to monitor wind speed and direction, air temperature and relative humidity, rainfall, barometric pressure, solar radiation, and lightning strike count and distance. 

Permanent Weather Stations

Campbell Scientific provides a wide selection of sensors and data transfer peripherals for configuring a custom station that matches the exact requirements of your application. Our fire weather stations feature simplified installation and operation with a standard suite of sensors, a prewired datalogger enclosure, color-coded sensor connectors, and a fixed program in the datalogger. Custom weather stations are configured from a wider selection of sensors and data transfer peripherals, allowing for greater flexibility in matching an application's exact requirements. Permanent fire weather stations typically use 20-foot instrumentation towers. 10- and 30-foot instrumentation towers and 10-, 15-, and 20-foot tripods are also available.

Dataloggers for Fire Weather Stations

Our measurement systems are based around programmable dataloggers that measure the sensors, then process, store, and transmit the data. We offer a family of rugged, reliable dataloggers, but the CR1000 is usually suitable for fire weather applications. Our dataloggers have programmable execution intervals, wide operating temperature ranges, on-board instructions, and ample input channels for commonly used sensors. Our dataloggers interface directly to most sensors, eliminating external signal conditioning.

Data are typically viewed and stored in the units of your choice (e.g., wind speed in mph, m/s, knots). Measurement rates and data recording intervals are independently programmable, allowing calculation of 15-minute, hourly, and daily data values from 1-minute or 1-second measurements, for example. Conditional outputs, such as rainfall intensity and wind gusts, can also be recorded. The program can be modified at any time to accommodate different sensor configurations or new data processing requirements. If needed, channel capacity can be expanded using multiplexers, including a model designed specifically for thermocouples.

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Systems



Customize a System

Most of the systems we sell are customized. Tell us what you need and we'll help you configure a system that meets your exact needs.

 

Instrumentation

We offer a variety of products that can be used to create systems for Fire Weather. Many of the major components used to create these systems are listed below. Please let us know if we can help you configure a system.

More Details about Our Fire Weather Systems

The versatility of the fire weather stations allow them to serve more than one purpose. Our equipment has been used for fire research during prescribed burns, and monitored conditions near fire lines. A suitably sited fire weather station could also be used for avalanche forecasting in the winter or serve as a year-round hydrological monitoring station with the addition of a water-depth sensor.

Sensors used in Fire Weather Stations

Our fire weather stations are equipped with a suite of high quality meteorological sensors for monitoring wind speed, wind direction, precipitation, air temperature, and relative humidity. Sensors to measure fuel moisture, fuel temperature, soil water content, soil temperature, and solar radiation can also be added to a fire weather station. Campbell Scientific dataloggers can interface to many sensors with different output types, and can measure large numbers of sensors.

Telemetry

Data can be transmitted over a variety of telecommunication options, including satellite, telephone, cell phone, and radio. Read our overview of communications options or see what communications products we offer.

Quick Deployment Weather Station

Our Quick Deployment (QDP) Stations are ideal for prescribed burns or other temporary installations. Customers can set up the station in as little as 10 minutes—without tools. Each QDP station is preprogrammed to monitor wind speed and direction, air temperature and relative humidity, precipitation, barometric pressure, and solar radiation sensors.

Permanent Weather Stations

Campbell Scientific provides a wide selection of sensors and data transfer peripherals for configuring a custom station that matches the exact requirements of your application. Our fire weather stations feature simplified installation and operation with a standard suite of sensors, a prewired datalogger enclosure, color-coded sensor connectors, and a fixed program in the datalogger. Custom weather stations are configured from a wider selection of sensors and data transfer peripherals, allowing for greater flexibility in matching an application's exact requirements. Permanent fire weather stations typically use 20-foot instrumentation towers. 10- and 30-foot instrumentation towers and 10-, 15-, and 20-foot tripods are also available.

Dataloggers for Fire Weather Stations

Our measurement systems are based around programmable dataloggers that measure the sensors, then process, store, and transmit the data. We offer a family of rugged, reliable dataloggers, but the CR1000 is usually suitable for fire weather applications. Our dataloggers have programmable execution intervals, wide operating temperature ranges, on-board instructions, and ample input channels for commonly used sensors. Our dataloggers interface directly to most sensors, eliminating external signal conditioning.

Data are typically viewed and stored in the units of your choice (e.g., wind speed in mph, m/s, knots). Measurement rates and data recording intervals are independently programmable, allowing calculation of 15-minute, hourly, and daily data values from 1-minute or 1-second measurements, for example. Conditional outputs, such as rainfall intensity and wind gusts, can also be recorded. The program can be modified at any time to accommodate different sensor configurations or new data processing requirements. If needed, channel capacity can be expanded using multiplexers, including a model designed specifically for thermocouples.

Case Studies

New Zealand: Fire Weather Network
Nearly 100 Campbell Scientific weather stations monitor meteorological parameters as part of New Zealand's fire......read more

FAQs for

Number of FAQs related to Fire Weather: 1

  1. Most Campbell Scientific systems are built from individual components. This provides maximum flexibility for our customers, but it does not lend itself to pricing a "typical" system. Contact Campbell Scientific for assistance in pricing a system to meet the unique needs of the application.