David R. Brooks, PhD
Institute for Earth Science Research and Education
2686 Overhill Drive
Eagleville, Pennsylvania 19403 USA
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| December 19, 2020,|
Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
This squirrel is eating (I think) a black walnut,
sitting in a tree outside my office window. In the
wild, these animals are essential for regenerating
forests, but in populated areas, they are often
considered as an invasive species that displace other
squirrel species and can take over bird feeders, for
|You can now use your
PayPal account to purchase instruments from IESRE.|
Ordering Brooks' book, Exploring Your Environment with Arduino Microcontrollers:|
You can get this book directly from IESRE. All proceeds go toward supporting
IESRE's mission. IESRE doesn't accept credit cards, but you can pay by
check to Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, or by
PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $25 including shipping to any U.S. address. If you pay with Paypal, IESRE would appreciate it you could add an extra $1 to help with PayPal transaction fees. See also the NEW link below. Thanks!
Arduino-Based Handheld UV Index meter
THe link below to the webpage supporting Brooks' new book now includes a link to a document describing how to
buid an Arduino-based handheld UV Index meter.
Document describing how to use several Arduino-compatible devices for displaying data
Click HERE for a PDF document showing how to display data collected with
Arduinos. The document discusses the serial print functions and LCD, TFT, and e-ink displays. There is also
a link to a newer document about using OLED displays.
New book by David Brooks: Exploring Your Environment with Arduino
HERE is a webpage that supports a
new book describing how to use Arduino microcontrollers
to monitor the natural and manmade environment.
Insolation Data from my Site
HERE is a link to a web page showing monthly insolation data taken
at my site, starting in August 2018. The data are collected with an IESRE pyranometer, a Kipp & Zonen
SP-Lite pyranometer, and an Onset Computer Corporation UX120-006 4-channel 16-bit data logger, at one-minute
Interfacing an Arduino with a Geiger Counter
HERE is a link to a web page that shows how to interface an Arduino UNO with
a Geiger counter from MightyOhm.com. This
project uses Arduino's hardware interrupt capabilities to count pulses from the
Geiger counter and calculate counts per minute.
Creating Time Lapse Videos with Arduino Microcontrollers
HERE is a link to a web page showing how to create
simple time lapse videos with a small Arduino-compatible camera. This is useful for monitoring
sky conditions, flooding, light-sensitive flowering plants, etc.
NOTE: This document has been updated to include using a simpler "mini spy camera" from adafruit.com.
This device uses very simple code to trigger a camera to take videos or still images at
programmed intervals and automatically store them on an included microSD card module (SD card
A Packet Radio Weather Station
HERE is a link to a web page describing how to build a simple
weather station that uses two Adafruit packet radio
boards with Arduino Pro Mini and UNO boards to send and receive temperature,
relative humidity, and barometric pressure data from DHT22 and BME280 sensors.
Build your own Stevenson screen
HERE is a link to a short document showing a
Stevenson screen I built using vinyl shutters (from Home Depot) and some
1" x 12" pine boards. Commercial Stevenson screens are VERY expensive, so it is
worth looking into making your own. You will need some basic woodshop equipment.
An Arduino-based Particulate Monitoring Station
HERE is a link to a document that details how
to construct an Arduino-based particulate sampling system using a laser-based Plantower
PMS5003 device that measures PM1, PM2.5, and PM10 concentrations. It includes
a DHT22 temperature/relative humidity sensor and an Adafruit data logging shield to
store data with a date/time stamp.
Air quality parameter monitoring for ozone and PM2.5 is back in Norristown, PA.
The DEP monitoring site in Norristown is only a few miles from my home. In 2015, PM2.5 monitoring was
discontinued at this site, but it has now restarted. Real-time AQI values from monitoring
sites in Pennsylvania can be found
The Norristown site reports only 1-hr ozone and PM2.5 values. These values have been used
in recent studies of the relationship between air quality and sky color.
Links to several documents relating to using Arduino microcontrollers have been moved to
their own web page.
Here is a link to some data resources from the Climate Literacy Network.
See our News link for information about a NASA Technical Memorandum which assesses an inexpensive
method for measuring total column water vapor based on a 2011 paper by Mims, Chambers, and Brooks. Links to the original BAMS paper
and the NASA Technical Memorandum are provided. These measurements are ideal for student research projects.
Here is a link to a web page
that shows how to create a .kml file that
will display the location of all of NOAA's Climate Reference Network sites on Google Earth's global map. You can "tag" each
site with additional information. This kind of display is a big improvement over using 2-D maps! The web page isn't a tutorial
on the KML "language," which is structured much like HTML, but there is a link to a nice online tutorial. There is also a template
for creating .kml files from Excel. There will be a permanent link to this page under the "How Do I...?" tab.
Find NOAA U.S. Historical Climatology and Climate Reference Network sites near you.
This online application lets you find USHCN and CRN sites within
a specified longitude/latitude box. You can display a list of the sites or generate a .kml file
for displaying the sites on a Google Earth global map.
Student Climate Science Inquiry and Research Projects
David Brooks' new document, Climate Science Inquiry and Research Projects for Students: Earth's Radiative Balance,
is a result of project development carried out during IESRE's
three-year, NASA-funded Climate Science Research for Educators and Students. This document
begins with an an introduction to Earth's radiative balance and using data loggers to collect data.
It then describes projects for measuring total solar radiation at Earth's surface, surface reflectance,
surface and sky thermal radiation, sky photography, and using existing data to examine climate
trends in the U.S. The PDF version of the document can be downloaded
This early version of the document represents a work in progress, but IESRE hopes that students
and teachers will find it helpful as they plan for science fair projects in 2014. Your comments and suggestions
are, as always, welcome.
Student Climate Science Inquiry and Research Projects by David R. Brooks is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
2014 UPDATE ON CLIMATE DATA ACCESS APPLICATIONS
A SINGLE WEB PAGE is now available for accessing NOAA's Climate Reference Network data
through the end of 2013, including
additional insolation data and including a clear-sky model; the US Historical Climatology Network; 30-year climate normals (currently 1971-2000
Notes from a Temperate Climate. A site dedicated
to students, teachers, and my friends living in Thailand's tropical climate.
|This graph of barometric pressure recorded during Hurricane Irene in 2011
and "super storm" Sandy in 2012 dramatically illustrates the passage of
these storms through our area. Many sites, including a small airport site near IESRE were
not operational during the height of Sandy. Amazingly, we did not lose electrical
power during either of these storms even though both storms resulted in widespread
power losses – millions of people throughout the northeast lost power
Links to some other useful and interesting material:
This website provides photos from space of the entire Earth, updated daily.
PDF versions of Brooks' PowerPoint presentations from June 2012 GLOBE/Europe-Eurasia Annual Meeting, Utrecht, The Netherlands:
• A History of Student Sun Photometry
• Student Pyranometry
• (for information about monitoring surface radiating temperature,
see this link.)
Presentations from the Asia-Pacific Regional GLOBE Learning Expedition, Hua Hin, Thailand, 13-18 November, 2007:
Student Climate Change Research, 2008-09 version (9.4 MB PowerPoint document)
Spreadsheet model for "designing" your own planet
Our Fox Family, 2006
position and the time of solar noon at your coordinates.
Set your watch or clock
accurately. Use the UTC "time zone" to display the internationally accepted time for
reporting scientific data.
Link to current
weather conditions in Pennsylvania (Get other states by changing "pa"
to another two-letter state code.)
Link to weather during past 24 hours at Wings Field, Blue Bell, Montgomery County, PA
Link to an excellent local weather and climate site.
My local weather and forecasts
(Look here for weather during past 24 hours at other places.)
Historical weather data
around the globe
More historical climate data around the globe
Link to satellite overpass predictor
DEP air quality monitoring information for Pennsylvania
Naval Research Lab's Navy Aerosol Analysis and Prediction System Global
Aerosol Model (NAAPS)
National Weather Service
meteorological station model symbols