Tinytag 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.
Tinytag Plus 2 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,
"Tinytag count 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 Plus 2 count loggers are 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
Instrumentation data loggers are designed to work flexibly with
a range of third party sensors. Tinytag Instrumentation data
loggers has now replaced the former 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.