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Observing the elements is key to better understanding our planet. This podcast tells the manifold stories of experts working in environmental monitoring with help of our sensors and solutions. These range from hydrology to meteorology and climate studies to solar monitoring for photovoltaics. Environmental monitoring combines earth sciences with technology and the possibilities of big data. A lot to discuss, a lot to learn - Let's Talk About the Weather! ===> Find more stories and insights on environmental monitoring on our blog: https://blog.otthydromet.com/
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With Craig Plaatjes, Global Product Manager at OTT HydroMetIntersolar has been huge this year. 18 halls filled with new PV panels, battery systems, inverters, mounting equipment, cleaning robots, software solutions, and more, underscore the industry’s dynamics and hunger for innovationIn this episode of OTT CAST, we summarize our learnings and observations from the recent edition. Craig Plaatjes, Global Product Manager, and our host Martin Maly, Sales Manager Eastern Europe, were part of the ...
With Sajad Badalkhani, Service & Technical Support Manager at OTT HydroMetFood for geeks! Most measurement instruments are either analog or smart. This applies to our Kipp & Zonen portfolio for solar irradiance monitoring, too. But which one to choose for which application?In this episode of OTT CAST, we welcome Sajad Badalkhani, an experienced technical expert for solar monitoring instruments. We discuss the technical differences between analog and smart sensors and who they are desi...
With Maarten van Pel and Renske Cox, Ambassadors for Sustainable Travelling at 4x4electric.comSpecial Holidays Episode! This Dutch couple has seen quite a big part of the world. Maarten van Pel and Renske Cox always have been passionate travelers. But one day, they decided to stop flying. This decision gave birth to a spectacular idea and their biggest adventure yet: Driving from the Netherlands to Cape Town and back – powered mainly by solar energy.In this episode of OTT CAST, we welcome two...
With Dr. Stephan Treuke, Coordinator River Basin Management at EmschergenossenschaftThe river Emscher in Western Germany has a turbulent history. Within one century, it turned from a leisurely meandering stream to Europe’s dirtiest river and, most recently, to a restored recreation area.In this episode of OTT CAST, we discuss the history and the challenges of the double transformation that the Emscher went through. Our guest is Dr. Stephan Treuke of the Emschergenossenschaft, the organization...
With Dawid Brudny, Vice President at APM PROIn a coalescing world, safe and efficient transportation of people and goods becomes increasingly important. Thus, it comes with little surprise that weather monitoring for roads, railways, and air traffic rank among the most innovative applications across meteorology.The company APM PRO is a successful innovator of the Polish and Eastern European road industry. Recently, APM PRO has developed Control Pro Ice, an automated de-icing system that ensur...
With Marc Korevaar, Scientist, and Sajad Badalkhani, Technical Support & Services, both OTT HydroMetDirty PV modules generate less energy than clean ones. This phenomenon called “soiling” sums up to losses of several billion dollars every year. Cleaning increases efficiency, but comes at a cost, too. So, finding the right cleaning schedule and method is key to a higher profitability.In this episode of OTT CAST, we discuss the different sources of soiling and how it is impacting solar ener...
With Daryl Ritchison, Director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN)In Episode 20 of OTT Cast, we welcome Daryl Ritchison to share his expertise on mesoscale monitoring. With over 30 years of experience in the field of Meteorology in both forecasting and environmental monitoring, Daryl Ritchison is often consulted for his expertise in the field. As the leader of the pioneering North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN) National Mesonet Program, Daryl provides in...
With Victor Cassella and Sasha Ivans, Meteorologists at OTT HydroMetAs a developer and manufacturer of hydrological and meteorological monitoring solutions, at OTT HydroMet we know a thing or two about collecting and evaluating atmospheric data. That’s why Victor Cassella and Sasha Ivans, two of our experienced meteorologists at OTT HydroMet, strongly supported this year’s AMS Annual Meeting’s incorporated statement: “Full, open, and timely access to data is critical to the advancement of atm...
With Jay Wilson, Director for Business Development & Sustainability at OTT HydroMetThe World Meteorological Organization has launched an ambitious initiative: Within 5 years, every person on this planet must be protected by early warning systems. While the mission sounds clear and it is backed by the United Nations, the path to achieving it is challenging.In this episode, Jay Wilson explains the differences between monitoring networks in various regions of the world and the consequences o...
With Laura Goodfellow and Frank Zokoll, Transportation Weather Monitoring ExpertsRailway traffic is the backbone of both business and individual transport. Keeping the flow safe and on time is a challenge, especially due to the fact that railways are prone to inclement weather.Strong winds, snowfall, floods, heat, freezing switches, and platforms … rail network operators have a lot to consider to ensure safe train traffic. Many of these meteorological phenomena occur in unique areas, thus kno...
With Brandon Ankney and Steven Marks, Road Weather ExpertsKeeping roads and highways safe is critically important. In addition to autumn’s and winter’s perils, the increase of weather fluctuations and extreme weather events throughout the year pose further challenges to road decision-makers. Ideally, a dense network of road weather monitoring stations reliably provides accurate, hyper-local data from the road. Wherever that is not feasible, be it due to local characteristics or tight bud...
With Robin Guy, Senior Service EngineerThe Scottish Islands are, undoubtedly, a beautiful part of the world. Amid awesome cliffs, green valleys, and wild beaches, the main means of transport are the ferries bringing people and cars from one island to another. To ensure safe ferry traffic, the landing stages are equipped with environmental monitoring instruments for water and weather measurements.Ferry captains rely on accurate information on water level, wind, and further weather parameters. ...
With Katja Weber, Hydrology Application Development Manager EuropeOne year after the cataclysmal floods in Western Germany and its bordering states, politicians and scientists of various disciplines are discussing measures to mitigate the impact and harm of heavy rain and flood events. It’s little wonder these events were subject to many conversations and presentations at IFAT 2022, the World's leading trade fair for environmental technologies with a strong focus on the water infrastruct...
With Francois Laurent, Sales Manager France, and Marin Dimitrov, Business Development Manager Eastern Europe What a show it was! In May 2022, the solar industry has come together in Munich to celebrate its unbroken growth around the globe. In this episode of OTT CAST, we share the learnings and topics that were discussed at the OTT HydroMet booth.While some regions, such as Eastern Europe are starting to catch up building a solar energy infrastructure, established players are investigating wa...
The drought that has gripped much of the U.S. West has been a long-running dry stretch for the last 1200 years, a sign of both environmental and human impact. As 2022 shapes up to extend the ‘megadrought,’ researchers are finding the situation is unlikely to improve in the near future.In our debut hydrology podcast, guest speakers Cristina Windsor, Business Development Manager for Groundwater & Irrigation at OTT HydroMet and Dave Colvin, Groundwater Team Leader at LRE Water, share their e...
With Laura Goodfellow and Frank Zokoll, Business Development Managers Road Weather, and Steven Marks, Sales Manager Road WeatherLow visibility is a major root cause for traffic accidents and thus a significant safety risk. Meteorological phenomena as fog, snow and, in desert areas, sandstorms are very dynamic and often limited to a small area. Monitoring those events close to the road and adapting traffic flow with Variable Message Signs (VMS) accordingly can save lives.In this episode, three...
With Ashish Raval, VP Global Tenders, Projects & Key Opinion Leaders at OTT HydroMetUnderstanding and fighting climate change is on top of the agenda for most countries in the world. Currently, politicians, scientists, and activists are gathering at COP26, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, and pointing out the growing demand for early warning systems and weather monitoring networks. Ashish Raval has a lot to tell about these systems. Since more than 20 years, Ashish is setting up hyd...
With Paulien Adema, Sales Director Europe, Udo Kronmüller, Sales Engineer & Tobias Weil, Business Development Manager Western EuropeStarting with uncertain expectations, Intersolar Europe has turned into an overwhelming success. Although Covid-19 and its effects still pose challenges, the solar industry looks ahead optimistically. The OTT HydroMet booth proved to be a magnet for visitors, who showed great interest for the company’s environmental monitoring solutions.In our latest episode,...
With Peter Rau, Software Developer of ViewMondo, Laura Goodfellow, Application Development Manager Road Weather & Jeff Cole, Business Development Manager Road Weather & AviationEnsuring safe conditions on runways is a highly responsible task. From November 4 on, the International Civil Organization launches the Global Reporting Format (GRF) will be applicable for airports all over the world. It features major points that are already covered in the TALPA that is valid for North America...
With Tobias Weil, Business Development Manager & Dieter Knauss, Teamleader Research MeteorologyTo make meteorological measurements comparable, the World Meteorological Organization WMO establishes guidelines for atmospheric parameters. These are covered by WMO-No. 8 for highest precision meteorological monitoring. However, for many applications like road weather monitoring, smart cities and others, meeting scientific standards is not necessary. In this episode, we explain the less popular...
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