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 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 rainfall tip.
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
Tinytag Explorer software, their long battery life and
size - ideal for fitting inside the Tipping Bucket Rain
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 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 shows one of SEPA's standard rainfall sites.