Automated Weather Station for Copeland Creek Headwaters

students at weather towerDiagram of a typical USGS streamgage with stilling wellpossible network configuration with location of weather station

Project Description: The Osborn sensor network gathers data from weather stations, cameras and other sensors and transmits the information back to computers on campus. Initially the network began as a series of senior capstone and Master’s projects by students in Engineering Science (e.g., experimental weather station, solar bank monitoring system, and wireless network topography design). With funding from the Steve Norwick Memorial Fund, WATERS Collaborative, and SSU Instructionally Related Activities program, students are now connecting these existing sensor projects together with a reliable telecommunication “backbone.” A key sensor cluster in the network is the Preserve weather station. Data from the weather station will be collected and transmitted wirelessly (radios, antennas) to the Preserve’s on-site servers. The weather station will provide the only available weather data in the upper Copeland Creek watershed and will complement information available at the USGS hydrology station installed at Santa Alicia Road in Rohnert Park. Data are currently of interest to City of Rohnert Park to assist in real-time evaluation of flood risk and Sonoma County Water Agency for planning the downstream Retention Basin Project.

Duration: Fall 2013-present

Type of Educational Activities: Independent research, student employment

Project Faculty: Farid Farahmand (Engineering Science), Daniel Soto (Environmental Studies and Planning), Chris Halle (Consultant)

Partners: SSU Preserves, SCWA, UC Davis, City of Rohnert Park and with special thanks to UC Natural Reserve Systems Angelo Coast Range Reserve (UC Berkeley) and Quail Ridge Reserve (UC Davis),

Participating Students:

  • Student Assistantships - 2 students (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
  • Independent Research - 2 students (2011-12)
schematic of osborn network

Network system components (diagram to right) were designed and scoped by Farid Farahmand in consultation with staff at UC Natural Reserve System reserves with deployed sensor networks: the UC Davis Quail Ridge Reserve and UC Berkeley Angelo Coast Range Reserve.

schematic of osborn network

A Campbell Scientific weather station was donated for the project by David Rizzo, UC Davis. The weather station will be installed on the northern end of the network (image to right). Data from the weather station will be collected from dataloggers and transmitted wirelessly over radios and antennas to the Preserve's on-site servers.

Pending. Data is currently stored on weather station dataloggers. By September 2014, we anticipate that data will be available remotely to community partners, students, researchers and others.