The weather station was planned and installed in cooperation with the working group for Field experiments and instrumentation of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, according to the guidelines of the German Weather Service for automatic climate stations. It is located on one of the foundation’s own agricultural areas not far from the research station and has been providing weather data for the scientific research projects funded by the foundation since 2 April 2015.
The station consists of a 10 m high mast, which is braced in three heights and directions. At the top of the mast, a 2D ultrasonic anemometer for measuring wind strength and direction and a pyranometer for determining global radiation (direct and indirect solar radiation intensity) are mounted on two brackets.
Below these are sensors for measuring air temperature and humidity as well as air pressure. In addition, a rain gauge and soil thermometers at five depths and soil moisture sensors at three different depths are installed in the vicinity of the mast.
A data logger queries the recorded data of the sensors in a 10 s interval and transmits them every 10 minutes via GPRS to the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, where the measurement results are automatically processed and archived (mean values, extremes or sums).