Tinytag Re-Ed count data loggers are connected to a tipping bucket rain gauge specially adapted to monitor overland surface run-off.
The Moors for the Future Partnership (MFFP) conservation
organisation is part of the Peak District National Park Authority.
The MFFP specialises in restoring upland blanket bog habitats by
stabilising and re-vegetating bare eroding peat patches and also
diversifying areas that have become dominated by single species
such as heather or grasses. The aim is to help the blanket bogs of
the Peak District and the South Pennines become naturally
sustainable systems that absorb carbon, reduce flood risk and
deliver clean water.
Plus Re-Ed TGPR-1201 count data loggers are connected to
tipping bucket rain gauges that have been adapted to accept rain
water flow travelling over the surface of experimental plots, into
a sunken gutter and then through a pipe and into the rain gauge.
This is part of a wider project investigating the hydrological
response of a peatland mini catchment to restoration. Restoration
will involve gully blocking and planting Sphagnum moss plugs and
measuring the effect on storm run-off, in terms of peak flow amount
and peak timing.
The number of tips in each 5 minute period is logged and the
data downloaded every three weeks, using a field computer. A
comparison is made between the annual number of tips between a
control area and a treatment area, both before the treatment with
the Sphagnum plants, and for many years after.
Michael Pilkington is Senior Research and Monitoring Officer at
MFFP, and chose Tinytags for a number of reasons - their robust
design, reliability, ease of use, good value for money, and long
battery life. He concludes, "The Re-Ed data loggers are helping us
to build a picture of overland flow in remote and exposed upland
environments where access is difficult and dependable equipment is
Cathy Clark of Gemini Data Loggers concurs: "The robust design
and long battery life of the Re-Ed loggers is ideal for harsh and
remote environments such as this. Connection to a tipping bucket
rain gauge is a typical application for these count loggers and we
are delighted that they have proved so useful in this Project."
Tinytag Re-Ed loggers are designed to work flexibly with a
range of third party sensors. The latest range of Tinytag
Instrumentation data loggers has now replaced the Re-ed units,
providing voltage, current and count loggers for use with third
party sensors in order to provide accurate and robust data loggers
for specialist applications such as this.
The image is of a tipping bucket rain gauge with its lid
removed, showing the logger inside.