Meteorological Monitoring - Environmental - Climate Change

FTS designs complete, turn-key systems for a variety of environmental monitoring applications. Our systems are based upon the Axiom datalogger—a key technology that deliver rugged reliability in any environment, simplicity of operation, low maintenance costs, and extremely accurate data.

We combine this platform with telemetry, a wide range of other meteorological sensors, autonomous power systems, custom-designed, heavy-duty enclosures, and mounting platforms. The result is a completely turn-key system designed for seamless integration, installed and supported by a single organization—offering a single source for obtaining support and service. A meteorological or hydrometeorological station can be configured with any telemetry, digital and analog sensors or other components required.

FTS equipment design leverages the decades of experience we've gained from fire weather—the extreme end of meteorological monitoring. 

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Texas is the second largest state with a total area of 696,200 km2. The terrain ranges from swamps and piney woods, to rolling plains and rugged hills, to deserts and mountains in the far western portion of the province. The majority of forest cover is comprised of coniferous trees.

Texas has ten different climatic regions which result in highly variable weather. Hot summers and cool winters are not uncommon, with high humidity in coastal areas. The region also experiences frequent thunderstorms and tornadoes, and since it borders the Gulf of Mexico to the south, hurricanes and tropical storms often make landfall along the coast.

The U.S. Army Corps tapped into 40 existing Texas Forest Service fire RAWS stations, and added 20 more with additional sensors for the evapo-transpiration project. This joint effort is a consolidated network of RAWS monitoring the aquifer in the Texas region.

Number of FTS stations:


  • GOES / Meteosat satellite system
  • Landline modem

Fire indices used:

  • NFDRS (National Fire Danger Rating System, U.S.)


  • Wind speed / direction
  • Air temperature / relative humidity
  • Rain gauge
  • Solar radiation
  • Fuel stick
  • Barometric pressure
  • Inverted solar radiation