Our Services

COtL offer a unique set of skills:

  • Establishment of weather monitoring networks (‘mesonets’).
  • Ongoing operation, maintenance and management of weather monitoring networks:
    • Particular expertise in regard to mesonets for spray drift management including:
    • Detection of hazardous and non-hazardous spray conditions (including hazardous and non-hazardous inversions).
    • Estimation of hazardous and non-hazardous inversions via machine learning.
    • Forecasts of hazardous and non-hazardous inversions.
    • Liaison with various agricultural grower groups.
  • Partnerships with academic and research organisations.

Observations Provided

The COtL Mesonet can accommodate an in-depth range of different observations from many types of sensors. Our current networks monitor the following:

  • Hazardous Inversions
  • Temperature
  • Relative Humidity
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Wind Speed and Direction at 2m
  • Wind Speed and Direction at 10m
  • Vertical Temperature Difference (10m – 1.2m)
  • Rainfall (tipping bucket)
  • Solar Radiation

From these sensors, a range of useful metrics can be determined such as:

  • Grass Fire Danger Index (GFDI), FBI, and Grain Harvesting Code of Practice values (GHCoP)
  • Dew Point
  • Delta-T
  • Wind Gust speeds (at 2m and 10m)
  • Frost metrics (i.e. time below minimum temperature threshold)
  • Daily/Monthly/Yearly rainfall
  • Crop Science (i.e. degree growing days)
  • Machine learning 2-hour predictions

Our stations are configured such that different sensors can easily be added in future, such as soil moisture loggers and other sensors.

COtL Automatic Weather Station at Walker Flat
COtL Automatic Weather Station at Walker Flat