Rainfall observing is an Interesting and valuable hobby that assists SEPA and the Met Office capture Scotland’s complex rainfall patterns.
Rainfall observing is an Interesting and valuable hobby that assists SEPA and the Met Office capture Scotland’s complex rainfall patterns. The role of the network is to provide sufficient coverage of spot measurement to accurately capture the distribution of rainfall across Scotland and how the pattern changes through time.
Volunteer rainfall observers and SEPA’s automated intensity raingauges together are the primary source of data contributing to the national rainfall network. The data is archived by the Met Office and used to develop a number of useful products such as the rainfall summary maps, helping to determine flood risk and assessing climate change.
Rainfall observing is open to all ages.
The role is a rewarding and interesting hobby for anyone interested in environmental science. The observer makes a valued contribution to society by volunteering their time and efforts. Anyone can purchase a gauge and start recording immediately and submit their data. SEPA would like to actively encourage new volunteers to assist us with this data collection. Each day at 9am our volunteers measure and record the accumulated rainfall from their gauge. At the end of every month they submit their data to us for processing and entry into our databases and the Met Office national archive. Individual members of the public and schools can join the network.
This page was added on 07 Feb 2022
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