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Solar Radiation Monitoring Applications

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    Instruments and analyzers for solar radiation energy budgets studies

    The Meteorological research community is very ambitious to understand climate changes and global impact on life. With modern advanced measurement equipment, e.g. satellites, remote sensing technologies and sophisticated computer models, multiple meteorological parameters can be analyzed at a large scale at the same time. As the climate system is very complex it is difficult to give accurate predictions of our future climate. We work with climate models, which are based on the consequences of impacts thus far observed. Apart from these impacts additional forcings occur, which make it even harder to give reliable climate predictions. Nevertheless, our present sophisticated climate models enable us to give a characterization of our future climate. For instance, we expect that before the end of this century, the average surface temperature will have increased by 1.4º to 5.8ºC.

    By EKO Instruments based in San Jose, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Instruments and analyzers for accurate solar radiation measurements

    Conducting reliable and accurate solar radiation measurements requires some knowledge and attention: think of environmental influences (wind, rain/snow, soling), re-calibration (bi-annually), not to mention data processing, spectral effects, etc. Essentially, accurate broadband solar radiation measurements are obtained using two components: a suitable set of pyranometers, including an optional pyrheliometer (DNI sensor) with sun tracker, and an adequate data logger.

    By EKO Instruments based in San Jose, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Instruments and analyzers for spectral irradiance portable solutions

    Reflection and transmission measurements on materials, vegetation, water or atmosphere give valuable information about biological, physical and chemical processes. Processes driven by solar radiation, in particular bands of the spectrum through the so called action spectra, can be analysed or quantified with a sensor senitive in the particular spectral band. The MS-720 portable spectroradiometer gives total freedom to be used in different applications and range of the spectrum between 350 - 1050 nm.

    By EKO Instruments based in San Jose, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Fire Danger Rating / Forecasting

    For various reasons, including the changing global climate, wildfires are getting bigger, more destructive and more expensive. Effective, consistent and reliable detection of climate parameters is the key to preventing wildfires and managing the impact they have. Our equipment resides for decades in solitary confinement generally in very remote areas (often at the tops of mountains or deep within a national forest), constantly measuring and recording weather data. Once per hour, this data is transmitted back to government agencies who will analyze and use it to make decisions critical to the safety of the public. In the United States, FTS works closely with the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). The center’s mission is the complex interagency coordination of wildland firefighting resources for the country. One of the resources is the network of remote automated weather stations (RAWS), the vast majority of which are supplied by FTS.

    By FTS based in Victoria, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

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