Early Warning System for Lebanese farmers

Early Warning System for Lebanese farmers

Tal Amara Station, Lebanon : 23 January – 3 February 2017. The Lebanese Agriculture Research Institute (LARI) has established an Early Warning System (EWS) to support farmers in attenuating damages that could be caused by destructive climatic conditions. Changes in microclimate throughout the country, are monitored using Agrometeorological Weather Station (AWS).

A series of training sessions are under preparation with support from the ClimaSouth project.  The training will target the Early Warning System in the Bekaa Valley, by focussing on (i) the management and maintenance of Agrometeorological Weather Station (AWS); (ii) soil moisture sensors and monitoring techniques; (iii) climatic data download, validation and management.

The following sessions are envisaged :

23 January 2017: Fundamentals of agrometeorological measures. Purpose: To introduce the concepts of meteorological measures and to describe the first step in designing an Agrometeorological Weather Station (AWS).

24 January 2017: Air and soil temperature, air humidity and soil moisture, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, rainfall. Introduction to the acquisition devices; Data-logger protection and Data-logger-to-PC communication – Data Transmission.  Purpose: To introduce the concepts of measure of these parameters.

25 January 2017: Problems related to station’s installation and power. Purpose: to list the practical aspects and the problem in Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) installation; power supply requirements.

26 January 2017: The fundamental aspect of AWS maintenance. Purpose: sensors maintenance requirements; consideration on environmental conditions; sensor’s check and time interval choice.

30 January 2017: Soil moisture sensors selection, test, installation and maintenance. Purpose: To introduce the concepts of soil moisture installation and management.

View the Agenda