Tracking Temperatures for Future Trustland Development

data loggers

These small digital data loggers (not shown in representative scale size) can capture temperatures and other climate data over a period of several months.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) acquired a number of temperature data loggers to deploy on DNR-managed properties that show potential for orchard and vineyard development. These remote temperature loggers are inexpensive but are able to capture temperatures as often as once every second. The battery-operated units collect and store temperature information around-the-clock for later downloading, analysis and review.

solar shield for temperature logger

A simple design using PVC pipe keeps temperature data loggers out of the elements to assure accurate readings.

The loggers are placed at different elevations on the trust land parcels so we can identify all of the significant warm and cold temperature zones on that property. Each logger is waterproof and protected from the sun’s radiant heating by a solar shield. Battery life and internal memory storage allows for data retrieval once every four to five months, which helps reduce the staff time and related expenses for tending to their care.

Our goal in deploying temperature monitors is to identify which properties are suitable for growing fruit crops now; which ones merit further study; and which ones are simply too cold for fruit production.

By Mark Bohnet, Snake River District Management, DNR Southeast Region