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Submitted by darmstro on Sat, 04/15/2017 - 10:17am

University Weather Research Station Overview

One of the most important services provided by the Geography Department is the servicing and maintenance of the University Weather Research Station which is housed in a separate building located on the west side of the University of Calgary campus. It has been in operation since the early 1960s and has continued to grow in its function. Today the station collects and stores almost a million bytes of raw data every day, 365 days a year. This data includes twice-daily manual observations of cloud cover, present and past weather conditions, visibility, precipitation, evaporation, ground condition and snow depth. Also recorded are one minute values of seven depths of soil temperature, three levels of air temperature, relative humidity, wind data, incoming and outgoing short, long and PAR  bandwidth radiation, ground heat flux, soil moisture, pressure and precipitation.

 In addition, the University Weather Research Station has a wide selection of other equipment used for special research projects and field work including radiosonde equipment, nuclear soil moisture probe, snow and soil sampling equipment and hydrology equipment. The station provides a hands on teaching facility for students in and out of the University community, and also provides processed data to everyone from the Atmospheric Environment Service to the general public. This data may vary from the present atmospheric pressure to climatological and meteorological maps and charts used in forecasting and scientific studies.

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