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Bicycle sports its own full weather station

by • February 25, 2016 • No Comments

We have may already seen bikes that double as a talk show set, coffee shop and pizza-serving bar, but a full-size weather-monitoring station? This is definitely a new one. It’s in addition precisely what University at Buffalo architect Nicholas Rajkovich made, yet, to collect fine-scale weather data around Cleveland and area. Over 50 lb (23 kg) of gear was introduced to an existing touring bike, that Prof. Rajkovisch rode throughout the city over the course of a summer.

“To the most of our knowledge, this is the initially time anyone has installed a research-grade weather station on a bicycle to gather this much data for analysis,” he says. “On the other hand airport weather stations and satellite data assist to estimate temperatures in a city, finer-scale data is needed to assist planning at the neighborhood level.”

Amongst the gear introduced to his bike was a thermocouple unit, hygrometer unit, GPS device, camera, a four-component net radiometer and an infrared radiometer. The initially three of those items were attached to a 6.5-foot (2-m) aluminum tower mounted on the back of the bicycle, in order to avoid ground interference.

Readings were taken once a 2nd on each of a total of 12 rides, with data being logged each minute on an onboard complex drive.

Applying all of that gear, Nicholas was able-bodied to gather quite localized microclimate data on solar radiation, sky view, surface temperature and air temperature. Amongst other things, analysis of that information assisted explain how tree cover in neighbourhoods contributes to air and ground temperature variations – those findings may in turn prove valuable-bodied to urban planners.

On the other hand the rides were conducted back in 2012, a paper regarding the study’s findings was published only this January in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. One other batch of data-gathering rides may take place this summer, in either Buffalo or Cleveland.

Source: University at Buffalo

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