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Dog bowls & circuit boards - monitoring world weather

The need to monitor the earth’s weather and climate has never been greater but the volume of accurate information from the ground is actually in decline.

Automatic weather stations are expensive to build and maintain, but now academics at King’s College London have come up with innovative solutions to make their own high-quality monitoring stations at a mere fraction (around 3%) of the cost of those on the market.

Students and staff on the FreeStation project are helping provide accurate  data for crop monitoring, localised flood and drought prediction around the world using a combination of low cost hardware, open source micro-controllers and software – and some good old fashioned ingenuity.