AgriMet—ET Phones Home—(Adaptation of Satellite Telemetry for Crop Water Use Modeling in the Pacific Northwest)

by Allen R. Powers, US Bureau of Reclamation, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning Now for Irrigation and Drainage in the 21st Century

Abstract: The development of a regional automatic agricultural weather station network in the Pacific Northwest (AgriMet) is enabling the site-specific calculation of evapotranspiration (ET) through the use of satellite telemetry. The hub of the program is a satellite-based network of automatic agricultural weather stations (AgriMet) which virtually 'phones home' real-time climatic data for modeling crop water use. Parameters at 15 to 60 minute intervals and stored within a microprocessor on site between programmed transmissions (currently every four hours).

Subject Headings: Satellites | Hydrologic models | Crops | Data processing | Water use | Irrigation water | Evapotranspiration | Weather forecasting | Automation | Pacific Northwest | North America | United States

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