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Author: OTT CAST by OTT HydroMet

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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!
9 Episodes
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, we ask our participants about their experience and impression after the first major in-person event after the long Covid hibernation. We talk about:Soiling and its impact on PV plant performanceThe new Kipp & Zonen SMP12, our new pyranometer with pioneering technologiesCurrent challenges and opportunities across the solar industryIf you want to contact our guests directly, just click on the link below or paste it in your browser.Contact us: readingWhitepaper: Overview of Solar Energy International Standards: ISO 9060, IEC 61724-1, ISO 9846 and 9847, ISO/IEC 17025Blog article: Shedding Light on ISO 9060Case Study: NOMADD Cleaning Robots
With Shane Reed, Sales Manager Solar & Damon Nitzel, Application Development Manager Solar Experts for Solar Energy SolutionsIn this episode, we take a look at a rapidly growing segment within the solar energy industry. Commercial and industrial scale installations (C&I) combine advantages of smaller and larger installations: Being flexible in size and power output, C&I installations equipped with storage capacities can support the stability of the grid while offering benefits of distributedgeneration. Don't miss if you're interested in topics like these:C&I Solar is projected to grow at 11% CAGR from 2021-2025 and will play a pivotal role in the near futureThe impact of atmospheric conditions on plant performanceAppropriate environmental monitoring for C&I scale PV installationsRead moreThe New WS50PV: All-in-one Weather Sensor for C&I PV Plants (for North America)Contact us:
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.In our latest episode, we explain what will change and how airports can prepare for it. Our experts discuss:how ICAO GRF will make runways saferthe structure of the new reporting format GRFOTT HydroMet's solution to support airport operators combining Lufft MARWIS mobile road sensor and ViewMondo monitoring softwareOur experts are happy to answer your questions and support you to make your airport compliant with the latest regulations. Contact us: readingCheck out our landing page for Airport Weather Monitoring with webinars, whitepapers and blog posts: Runway Monitoring for Airports Landing page 
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 CIMO WMO recommendations from Class A to D intended for many industries. Furthermore, we discuss various technologies to measure atmospheric parameters. Tune in to learn about: The Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation CIMO and its recommendations from Class A to DHow location and installation impact measurement quality A helpful tip: This question helps to choose the right sensor Do you have questions? Contact us:
With Victor Cassella, Meteorologist and Sales Engineer, Sasha Ivans, Business Development Manager – Environmental Meteorology, and Teddy Soto, Application Development ManagerThe 101st Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) was a special one. For the first time, this renowned event has been held completely virtually. More than 5,000 attendees document the steadily growing interest in meteorology. In this episode, 3 experienced exhibitors share their impressions and learnings from this event. Besides various and individual findings, they agree on one conclusion: Virtual events hold great potential for sharing knowledge and interacting globally – they will stay with us in the future. Among others, our guests share these learnings from the 101st AMS Annual Meeting: Niche applications still hold a huge potential for further technological developments COVID-19 fuels the trend of companies providing complete monitoring solutions and support instead of single components Open protocols and flexible data communication become more important and complex Contact us:
With Aaron Kennedy, Atmospheric Scientist University of North Dakota,and Brad Guay, Meteorologist at OTT HydroMet  A ceilometer can do way more than just observe clouds. Scientists from various disciplines are discovering its strengths and benefits. For our 4th episode, we brought together two experts on Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. It turns out that, with a bit of creativity, ceilometers are extremely versatile and cost-efficient research instruments. What you can expect from this episode: Ceilometers tracking wildfire smoke floating over the Atlantic  Observing aerosols for air quality studies  “Ground blizzards” and other astonishing phenomena Contact us:
With Kurt Nemeth & Brad Guay, experts for precipitation monitoring Measuring precipitation is essential for meteorological and climatological purposes, but also for hydrological applications and local communities. Depending on the application and the place of operation, there are different kinds of instruments to detect rain, snow, and hail. In this episode we will talk about: Different types of precipitation sensors Challenges of precipitation monitoring in different regions OTT Pluvio², a weighing rain gauge with 15,000 units deployed worldwideIf you want to learn more, these contents might be interesting for you.Meteorological Microlibrary: This collection of resources gives you an overview over OTT HydroMet's monitoring capabilities, theoretical knowledge, and exciting case studies.Weather Radar Webinar: Calibration of cloud radars with OTT Parsivel² distrometer data and its urban application.How Does Rain Fall? Infographic to better understand what influences precipitation, as well as water’s different states within the water cycle. Additinally, an overview over five technologies to measure precipitation. Contact us:
With Steven Marks & Manuel Kreißig, road weather specialistsRoad conditions and visibility heavily influence drivers’ safety and traffic flow. With a wide range of sensors, road maintenance specialists monitor a variety of meteorological parameters including air and surface temperature, humidity, water film height, freezing temperature, visibility, and more. In this episode we talk about: Static and mobile road weather sensors  Applications and successful setups to monitor road weather Trend: intelligent software solutions to support and relieve winter maintenance  Contact us:
With Holger Wille, Product Manager and expert for lidar systemsSky observation is becoming increasingly important for multiple disciplines. With instruments called ceilometers, meteorologists and aviation specialists scan the ceiling for different kinds of clouds. In addition, aerosol particles are highly relevant for studies on climate change and air pollution. In this very first episode of our meteorology podcast, Holger Wille talks about: Measurement principle of lidar-based instruments Applications and benefits OTT HydroMet’s ceilometer portfolio comprising Lufft CHM 15k & CHM 8k Contact us:
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