Tinytag count input data loggers are connected to rain gauges to record rainfall data as part of vital flood warning work.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is
using Tinytag data loggers in rainfall monitoring,
to provide data which is used as part of the models within its
Flood Early Warning System. This allows SEPA to inform both the
public and category one responders of flooding in their area.
A large number of
Tinytag count data loggers have been installed
across SEPA's entire rain gauge network throughout
Scotland. They are connected to an EML SBS500 rain
gauge and are used as a standalone backup logger should
the primary logger fail at site. Rainfall totals are recorded every
15 minutes. Data recorded in the Tinytag Explorer software is then
rescaled in MS Excel to convert each pulse count into a 0.2mm
Michael Dyer is Senior Scientist for the flood warning
improvements project and was made aware of
Tinytags by the Project's instrumentation
specialist. They were chosen for the ease of use of the
Explorer software, their long battery life and size -
ideal for fitting inside the Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge (TBR).
Michael comments, "Tinytag data loggers have proved
to be very useful - they have helped us to always maintain a full
data record across our rain gauge network and proved an excellent
and reliable piece of kit. They ensure we never have any gaps in
our rainfall data and have proved invaluable on many occasions when
there have been issues with either the primary data logger or the
TBR instrument itself. They also provided information that local
hydrologists use to assist with Quality Control checks on rainfall
Instrumenation current, voltage and count data loggers
are designed to work flexibly with a range of third party sensors
to provide accurate and robust data loggers for specialist
applications such as this.
The image shows one of SEPA's standard rainfall sites.