Mallee Plot Network: Automatic Weather Station Data, Western New South Wales and South Australia, 2015-2018

Typecollection
TitleMallee Plot Network: Automatic Weather Station Data, Western New South Wales and South Australia, 2015-2018
Alternate TitleMallee Plot Network: Weather, 2015-2018
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesLong Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c3560a973e07
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionThis package contains automatic weather station readings, recorded between 2015 and 2018, from a site in Tarawi Nature Reserve, first set up in May 2015, replacing an older manual rainfall gauge.
Full DescriptionAbstract: This package contains automatic weather station readings, recorded between 2015 and 2018, from a site in Tarawi Nature Reserve, first set up in May 2015, replacing an older manual rainfall gauge. Between 1996 and 2011, 53 experimental sites were established on dune crests and upper slopes, of which 29 are located in Tarawi Nature Reserve, 16 are in Scotia Sanctuary and 8 are in Danggali Conservation Park. After initial censuses in three consecutive years (before and after prescribed fire) or two consecutive years (after wildfire), sites are revisited approximately every five years.

A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Mallee Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c133088bc5b9.

Sampling method: Data from the automatic weather station is downloaded annually.

Study extent: Automatic weather stations were established at Tarawi Homestead and Scotia Sanctuary homestead in 1994. They record precipitation, temperature, relative humidity and wind speed and direction. Prior to that time, rainfall records had been maintained since 1941 by visually monitored rain gauge. Four additional visually monitored rain gauges were established in Tarawi NR in January 1997, a further five were established in May 2001, and two were established in Scotia Sanctuary in September 2007.

As of May 2015 a new advanced automatic weather station has been deployed at Tarawi site T2005/2. The exisiting rain gauges have been phased out.

Project funding: Between 2012 and 2018 this project was part of, and funded through the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) a facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Methods

Number
1
Title
Plot set-up
Description
As of May 2015 a new advanced automatic weather station has been deployed at Tarawi site T2005/2. There were 12 manually monitored rain gauges across Tarawi Nature Reserve and Scotia Sanctuary, but these have now have been phased out.
Data from the automatic weather station is downloaded annually.
Instrument


File Descriptions

Name
kmle_weather_station_data_2015-2018_p909t1308.csv
Description

arc_int
definitionThe interval over which data was collected.
ratio number typenatural
ratio standard unitnumber
bar
definitionBarometric pressure: the atmospheric pressure (the pressure exerted on the surface of the earth by the weight of the air that makes up the atmosphere) adjusted to the equivalent sea-level pressure. The reading is taken at the at the end of the 120 minute interval.
ratio custom unithectopascal (hPa)
ratio number typenatural
cool_d_d
definitionA measure of how much (in degrees), and for how long (in days), the outside air temperature was above 18.33 degrees C.
ratio custom unitdegreeDays
ratio number typereal
date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionDate
dew_pt
definitionDew point: the temperature to which air must be cooled for saturation to occur (100% relative humidity), providing there is no change in water vapor content. Average temperature and an approximation of the outside humidity during the 120 minute interval are used to calculate the due point. The average outside humidity is calculated by averaging the outside humidity for the current 120 min interval and the previous interval.
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
heat_d_d
definitionA measure of how much (in degrees), and for how long (in days), the outside air temperature was below 18.33 degrees C.
ratio custom unitdegreeDays
ratio number typereal
heat_index
definitionHeat index: uses outside air temperature and the outside (relative) humidity to calculate how the air "feels".
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
hi_dir
definitionThe wind direction of the highest wind speed recorded during the 120 minute interval
nominal text definitionCharacter
hi_speed
definitionThe maximum wind speed value recorded during the 120 minute interval
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitkilometersPerHour
hi_temp
definitionMaximum outside temperature over a 120 minute interval
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
in_air_density
definitionInside air density derived from pressure, relative humidity, and temperature.
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitkilogramPerCubicMeter
in_dew
definitionInside dew point approximated using inside humidity and inside temperature
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
in_emc
definitionInside equilibrium moisture content of wood (percentage).
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitnumber
in_heat
definitionInside heat index (follows Steadman 1979).
interval number typereal
interval standard unitnumber
in_hum
definitionInside humidity: the ratio of the air's water vapor content to its capacity (percentage). Air temperature and pressure are used to calculate the amount of water vapor in the air as a percentage of the amount the air is capable of holding. The reading is taken at the end of the 120 minute interval.
ratio number typenatural
ratio standard unitnumber
in_temp
definitionMean inside temperature calculated from readings taken every 60 seconds over a 120 minute interval.
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
iss_recept
definitionApproximate quality level of the radio reception between the console and the weather station transmitter (percentage).
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitnumber
low_temp
definitionMinimum outside temperature over a 120 minute interval
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
number of records14410
out_hum
definitionRelative humidity: the ratio of the air's water vapor content to its capacity (percentage). Air temperature and pressure are used to calculate the amount of water vapor in the air as a percentage of the amount the air is capable of holding. The reading is taken at the end of the 120 minute interval.
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
rain
definitionRainfall: calculated by comparing the current total rain value with the total rain entry for the previous 120 minute interval
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitmillimeter
rain_rate
definitionrain rate: the highest rain rate recorded during the 120 minute interval. It is calculated based on the time between successive tips (0.2 mm increments) of the rain collector
ratio custom unitmillimetresPerHour
ratio number typereal
temp_out
definitionMean outside temperature calculated from readings taken every 60 seconds over a 120 minute interval
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
thw_index
definitionTemperature humidity wind index: uses outside (relative) humidity, outside air temperature and the cooling effects of wind speed (like wind chill) to calculate an apparent temperature.
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
time
date time formathh:mm (12hr)
definitionTime of reading from the station. The archive interval is set to 120 minutes.
wind_chill
definitionWind chill: takes into account how the wind speed affects human perception of the air temperature. It is calculated using the average outside air temperature and the average wind speed during the 120 minute interval.
interval number typereal
interval standard unitcelsius
wind_dir
definitionThe dominant wind direction value recorded during the 120 minute interval. When > 0 km/h, the wind speed and direction is sampled every 60 seconds. The direction sampled the greatest number of times is recorded as the dominant wind direction.
nominal text definitionCharacter
wind_run
definitionThe amount of wind passing the station during a given period of time. It is calculated by multiplying the average wind speed for each archive record by the archive interval.
interval number typereal
interval standard unitkilometer
wind_samp
definitionThe number of wind samples received (indicates quality of connection between console and instruments)
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitdimensionless
wind_speed
definitionThe mean wind speed calculated from readings taken every 60 seconds over a 120 minute interval
ratio number typereal
ratio standard unitkilometersPerHour
wind_tx
definitionWind Transmitter ID
nominal text definitionCharacter


Contact Emaildavid.keith@environment.nsw.gov.au
christopher.simpson@unsw.edu.au
k.wilkins@unsw.edu.au
mark.tozer@environment.nsw.gov.au
r.woodward@unsw.edu.au
david.keith@unsw.edu.au
Contact AddressAustralian Wetlands, Rivers and Landscapes Centre,
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences,
University of New South Wales
SYDNEY, NSW, 2052
Australia

Contact Phone Number+61 2 9995 5000
+61 409 159 334
+61 2 9385 8435
+61 2 9585 6496
+61 2 9585 6051
+61 2 9385 2111
+61 0427 856 498
+61 428 810 214
Principal InvestigatorDavid Keith
SupervisorsDavid Keith
CollaboratorsChris Simpson
Katy Wilkins
Mark Tozer
Dick Williams
Fields of Research0599 - Other Environmental Sciences
KeywordsGCMD:Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Rain
LTERN Monitoring Theme:On plot weather
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Climate change
keyword:Precipitation
keyword:Rain
Mallee
Weather
Type of Research ActivityStrategic basic research
Date Coverage
Date FromDate To
2015-05-162018-09-27
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
TextTarawi Nature Reserve, Scotia, New South Wales, Australia
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139northlimit = -33.271362; southlimit = -33.467802; westlimit = 140.958503; eastLimit = 141.222776
Date of data creation2015
Year of data publication2018
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
DavidKeith
ChrisSimpson
KatyWilkins
MarkTozer
DickWilliams
Publisher for CitationLong Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Related Websites
URLTitle
https://hdl.handle.net/1885/130861ANU Open Research, Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) collection.
Other Related IdentifiersMorphoId:ltern6.324
PackageId:909
Access RightsPrior to publication of research utilising this data, the data provider (David Keith) requests consultation.
Access Rights TypeOpen
Rights held in and over the dataCreative Commons Licence (CC BY- Attribution) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Licence TypeCC-BY - Attribution (Version 4)
LicenceLTERN Deed: 13
Date of execution: 2014-04-30

Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5757
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