Weather Station

The weather station at the Ecology Research Center

Since 1979 the Ecology Research Center has been a site where weather and atmospheric chemistry data are recorded. Today, this weather station is managed by the Institute for the Environment & Sustainability (IES) as part of its public outreach and monitoring mission.

Daily and weekly monitoring by IES students and staff is funded by several national agencies (U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and serves the needs of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program/National Trends Network (precipitation chemistry) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) U.S. Weather Service.

Other data collected include ozone monitoring, dry deposition chemistry, solar radiation, temperature, and precipitation. For more information about this station, contact Dr. Jonathan Levy ( at the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability.


The current instrumentation in the ERC includes at least one of each of the following:

  • Stevenson screen instrument shelter
  • National Weather Service 8-inch precipitation stick gage
  • Belfort Model 5-780 12-inch dual-traverse rain gage
  • 4-inch plastic rain gage
  • Aerochem Metrics Model 301 wet/dry deposition collector
  • dataloggers
  • evaporation pan and hook gage
  • hygrothermograph
  • 7-day strip chart
  • 24-hour strip chart
  • anemometer
  • ozone analyzer
  • filter-pack system
  • other sensors