Ever more powerful instruments to monitor climate change

MeteoHelix IoT Pro micro-weather observation station
+ Sensirion SHTxx  digital sensor
Seattle, USA, 2021
Royal Meteorological Institute
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Collecting and making high quality observations is the first basic and historical activity of a National Meteorological Institute, not only for its own use, but also in support of the forecasting capability all over the world. All climate monitoring systems and climate data sets require improved data quality, continuity and homogeneity. the mission of the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) of Belgium is to make weather forecasts, to disseminate them to the public and the authorities, and to warn the population from the moment the weather confitions could cause damages in Belgium. The RMI collects, controls and archives meteorological data and monitors the climate and its evolution. In the 90', the RMI started to replace its conventional "manual" meteorological network with automatic weather stations. The use of the micro automatic weather stations will enhance the quantity and quality of the weather observation data that are currently used for the real-time preparation of weather analyses, forecasts and severe weather warnings and for the study of the climate.

The MeteoHelix IoT Pro micro-weather observation station is used to observe temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure and solar radiation, every 10 minutes. About forty of these stations were installed in the RMI observation network in 2021 with around another forty stations set to be installed in 2022. They will gradually replace the manual observation stations over the coming years in order to increase the amount of measured data and the number of stations available in Belgium.