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Bouamir Research Station campfire. FieldKit data loggers are solar-charging in the background. Photo by Shah Selbe.

Research Datasets

CBI collects data in partnership with other research organizations to advance the understanding of the Congo Basin. Our datasets are freely available to other researchers with proper citation.


Bouamir Camp Automatic Weather Station

The Congo Basin Institute and the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) manage a weather station at Bouamir (coordinates: 3°11’26″N 12°48’43E). The station is composed of manual and automatic parts. As of March 2020 the station is still running and data will be updated periodically.

Citation: Deblauwe, V., Kamta, R., Lebreton, M., & Smith, T. B. (n.d.). Bouamir Camp Automatic Weather Station. The Congo Basin Institute (CBI).

1) Temperature and rainfall manually recorded daily since 24/10/2017.

  • Rainfall (mm) measured with Tru-Chek® Direct-Reading Rain Gauge. The gauge is graduated from 0.1 mm to 150 mm. The uppermost part/opening of the rain gauge is located 2 meters above ground level.
  • Minimum and maximum temperature of the last 24h are recorded with Forestry Suppliers Digital Max/Min Thermometer. Measurement Range: -40°C to 50°C. Accuracy: ±1°C. The temperature sensor is located 1.5 meters above ground level.

2) A DAVIS Vantage Pro2 Plus automatic station records the following parameters every 30 minutes from 19/10/2019 5am and every 15 minutes from 11/12/2019 1pm. The wind speed and direction sensors are located about 2.5 m above ground level. All other sensors are located about 2 meters above ground level.

  • Rainfall (±3% of total or ± one tip of the bucket (0.01″/0.2mm), whichever is greater)
  • Temperature (±0.5°F or ±0.3°C; Radiation Induced Error: +4°F or 2°C at solar noon (insolation = 1040 W/m2, avg. wind speed <= 1 ms)).
  • Humidity (±2%)
  • Wind speed (±2 mph (2 kts, 3.2 km/h, 0.9 m/s) or ±5%, whichever is greater)
  • Wind direction (±3°)
  • Atmospheric pressure (±0.03″ Hg or ±0.8 mm Hg or ±1.0 hPa/mb)
  • Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Dose (±5% of daily total, drift up to ±2% per year)
  • Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Index (±5% of full scale)
  • Visible light Solar Radiation (±5% of full scale, drift up to ±2% per year)

Full specifications of the sensors

We also provide the following derived variables:

  • Heat Index (±2°F or ±1°C)
  • Dewpoint (±2°F or ±1°C)
  • THSW Index (Temperature-Humidity-Sun-Wind) (±4°F or±2°C)
  • THW Index (Temperature-Humidity-Wind)
  • Barometric Pressure ( ±0.03″ Hg or ±0.8 mm Hg or ±1.0 hPa/mb)
  • Rain rate (±5% for rain rates)
  • ET (Evapotranspiration) (Greater of 0.01″ (0.25 mm) or ±5%)
  • Wind Chill (2°F or ±1°C)

Description of these variables

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