Our experience in projects related with observation, analysis, simulation of the atmosphere makes us able to give some advice in relation with these areas and we could help you in aspects like:
Our personnel has worked actively as consultants at european level in policy making, working for governmental organizations at national and regional level; and also we have worked for private companies that needed a fresh vision in relation to their future R+D and growing activities.
We are willing to share with you our know-how and experience.
Based on our experience in monitoring in alpine climates we were asked to design, install and maintain "the best" hydro-meteorological network that could be imagined in a mountain area. Considering how difficult it is to achieve reliable measurements in this environments we have proposed and installed a network base on gravimetric rain gauges, snow height sensors, 4 components radiation and specially designed sensors and systems for this environments.
We had never been asked for a meteorological station inside a cave and at the beginning it sounded easy. No vandalism, no radiation interfering the temperature probes, no animals, no rain neither rime freezing or snow. It sounded like placing a weather station in the office!. But caves are not the easiest places to work in. Special precautions regarding security must be taken due to slippery surfaces and low ceilings with threatening stalactites. From a technical point of view the difficulties come from not having sun for powering systems, no GPRS signal for communications and the worst of all: humidity always close to 99.9%. Fortunately, working together with our client we found a great and robust solution.
We had imagined we would have to build a wind tunnel since we have been in the wind power sector, but never thought we would have to build a fireproof wind tunnel! One good thing was working indoors. We had to think hard to solve this client's needs. They wanted to reproduce and measure wild fires in a laboratory reproducing nature. It keeps working!
Our meteorological networks ussually have had spring, winter and fall as the “hot” season since it is when most interesting meteorological phenomena ocurrs at midle latitudes. Mostly of our skills and experience was earned to deal with winter related technical problems. For this network, it was the opposite. Wild fire risk is higher in late spring, summer and early fall, so concentration needs to be kept high all the year round.