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UDaily: Delaware's real-time environmental monitoring system makes billionth observation

UDaily: Delaware's real-time environmental monitoring system makes billionth observation

Meteorological and atmospheric conditions are constantly fluctuating and are important to monitor in real-time. State agencies, the emergency management community, private companies and farmers all depend on environmental monitoring data on a day-to-day basis to make critical decisions. The Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS), “a real-time environmental data service provider for the state of Delaware and surrounding region,” recently reached its one billionth environmental data measurement. DEOS celebrated 10 years as Delaware’s real-time environmental data source in February 2014.

DEOS has a state-wide network of environmental monitoring stations that transmit many different kinds of data to a central repository housed on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.

Air temperature, rainfall, snowfall, water quality, barometric pressure, relative humidity, wind speed and more are recorded in real-time. These numbers can be used in a variety of ways for forecast model initialization, crop water allocation and detailed regional maps showing current atmospheric conditions. This data is freely available through the DEOS website.

“The number ‘one billion’ doesn’t define DEOS, but the information and data provided over 11 years does,” said Kevin Brinson, director of DEOS and assistant state climatologist for Delaware. “This number symbolizes the growth [of DEOS], and the longevity of the system and is a great milestone for us.”