Knowing and understanding the environment around us allows us to preserve it, protect it, and even learn from it. Technology makes a major impact on how we apply our understanding to scientific studies, especially with environmental monitoring. With the help of the Kestrel 5500 and DROPs, scientists ranging from ecologists to hydrologists can improve their scientific studies with reliable, accurate data.
Antarctica’s climate is the harshest in the world. However, this continent, along with the Southern Ocean, are important components of the global physical system. Even NASA keeps tabs on this continent to find meteorites and other rocks that fall from space, since they’re easy to find on the white ice. Coincidentally, Antarctica and Mars have a lot in common---both are cold with frozen desert conditions, valleys, and layers of ice.
How can the Kestrel 5500 help with Antarctic research? Whether your scientific studies are centered around Mars or penguins, this mini weather station can monitor essentially any aspect relating to weather and microclimates, including temperature, wind direction, and wind chill. Over time, this data can contribute to tracking penguin behavior or giving scientists a mock mission to Mars.
Scientific studies involving volcanic activity can benefit from the Kestrel 5500. During volcanic activity, there is typically a lot of lightning, thunder, and rain as it erupts. The surrounding environment can also change after a volcanic eruption, which can result in incremental changes in the microclimate.
Scientists are still discovering how volcanic activity changes environments on a global scale. After the cataclysmic 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, about ½ degree temperature drop was noted around the world. Devices such as the Kestrel 5500 can help track these incremental changes to help us understand more about volcanic activity---both before, during and after eruption.
As one of the most accurate weather trackers on the market, the Kestrel 5500 provides extremely accurate data for meteorology, especially in microclimates.
Microclimates are limited to a small-scale, restricted area where the climate differs from the surrounding area. You’ll note differences in temperature dew point, wind, and humidity. The microclimate is affected by things such as cloud cover, proximity to water, vegetation, and even the type of soil.
Both Kestrel 5500 and Kestrel DROP weather trackers can aid in scientific studies around the world. Kestrel DROPs are a rugged, waterproof device with a data logger (automatic and manual), data charting, and providing every measurement you need to make your next scientific study a success.