Measuring summer heat in Wageningen - Wageningen University


'Summer in the city' measured in Wageningen

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17 juni 2013

At the beginning of the summer, small weather stations were attached to lampposts at 30 locations in Wageningen. These stations will measure the temperature and humidity in and around the city for the next 12 months. The results will help the municipality achieve a more liveable urban climate during periods of extreme summer heat. The house-shaped weather stations were installed with permission of the City of Wageningen by researchers from the Meteorology and Air Quality Group of Wageningen University.

The weather stations are supplied with electricity by two slanted solar panels, one facing east and one facing west. As a result, one panel always faces the sun. The ‘house’ that is created in this way contains the measurement instruments for temperature and humidity. No other measurement instruments have been installed. In addition, each weather station has a small cabinet for data communication to the University.

The weather in the city differs substantially from that in the countryside. For example, it is known that a paved environment holds heat longer than a green environment with abundant plants and water. To acquire a better picture of weather in the city, this project will provide detailed information about the effects of the urban environment on temperature.

Weather stations in Wageningen. (Foto: Reinder Ronda)
Weather stations in Wageningen. (Foto: Reinder Ronda)

The information obtained in the project can be used in the future for improving weather models and weather predictions for the urban environment. The knowledge will also be generally useful for designing or redesigning neighbourhoods and cities, and thus for improving the liveability of the city during hot summer weather. The weather stations are attached to lampposts that are owned by the city. During their installation, every effort was made to prevent inconvenience.