Our mini weather station continues to grow

by Cheam May Choo

Back in October 2016 a memorandum of understanding was signed with the Meteorological Department of Malaysia to cooperate in the development and support of research in Climate Monitoring and Atmospheric composition at the Biodiversity Centre in Gunung Brinchang. It would be for a period of 5 years. The findings would be shared by both parties.

A mini weather station would be set up at our Biodiversity centre, midway up Gunung Brinchang at an elevation of 1800 metres above sea level. The findings from this station will complement those from the main weather station as the current one is now surrounded by development whereas this mini weather station is surrounded by forests.

In 2017, monitoring of 4 atmospheric parameters for air quality began. They include NO nitrogen oxide, NO2 nitrogen dioxide, SO2 sulphur dioxide, and NH# amnonia. Readings are taken monthly and shared with the Meteorological Department.

The following year, a solar powered automated mini weather station for measuring more weather parameters (ie temperature, relative humidity, air  pressure, wind direction, wind speed, rainfall, solar and uv radiation) was set up. This station was sponsored by Tanahmu Aplikasi Sdn Bhd, a private company based in Cameron Highlands which provides digital agricultural services. The findings will be shared with local farmers, meteorological department ,general public  and Reach.  It is hoped that the weather readings will aid farmers in monitoring the micro climate changes for planting crops.