Kestrels & Research - Tracking and Analyzing Microclimates

Kestrels & Research - Tracking and Analyzing Microclimates

Microclimates exist all around us. They influence ecosystems and can amplify the effects of many weather-related instances including floods, droughts, irregular rain and even the amount of rainfall.

Tracking and analyzing microclimates is important for many reasons. But first, let's answer this question: What is a microclimate?

What is a Microclimate?

A microclimate is an atmospheric zone that is limited to a specific geographical area.

For example, a microclimate exists within dense forests. Forests can control near-ground temperatures even more so than local topography. There are differences in temperature between open forests and dense forests. In fact, this difference is more substantial than between the sunny and shady side of a hill. Furthermore, cold microclimates in forests are created by local depressions. You'll see these as lingering patches of snow during a mild spring day.

How do We Track and Analyze Microclimates?

Now that you understand the general concept of microclimates, let's talk about tracking and analyzing.

Kestrels are used to track and analyze microclimates all over the world. One example comes from New Zealand, where conservation efforts were being done for the endangered Archey's frog. Below is a quote from Emily Hothman, a researcher involved with studying these creatures.

"The Kestrel is used to record the air temperature and humidity in remote locations in New Zealand during studies on the globally endangered Archey's frog."

By observing and tracking patterns of microclimates, we can help species thrive and provide them a better chance of survival.

Kestrel Instruments offers a range of measurement tools that help to successfully track microclimates conditions in many different types of environments. Some key measurements in microclimate monitoring include:

  • Temperature
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Humidity
  • Altitude
  • Barometric pressure
  • Dew point
  • Wind chill
  • And more

By analyzing and tracking microclimates, we can have a better understanding of the world around us and how weather affects every walk of life.

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