The Simple Math of Climate Change

Global warming & climate change is a simple balance between the increase in greenhouse gas emissions and the ability of natural processes to absorb them.

Global Temperature Change = Green House Gas Emissions - ( Natural Plant Life - Agricultural Land Use )

  • As Quantity of Green House Gases increases, global temperatures rise.

  • As Natural Plant Life increases, CO2 is absorbed and global warming decreases.

  • As Agricultural Land Use increases at the expense of Natural Plant Life, less CO2 is absorbed and global temperatures increase.

Increases in CO2 in the atmosphere help promote plant life growth to quickly absorb excess CO2 and return our planet’s climate into balance. As agricultural land use expands, natural pant life areas are converted into agricultural land through the destruction of natural vegetation.

Agricultural land takes up about 37% of earth’s surface. Since growing seasons last only a few months and crops are harvested just at the peak of their CO2 absorption capabilities, agricultural land absorbs CO2 only a small part of each year. This simple fact creates a large decrease in CO2 absorption capability compared to land with natural vegetation which absorbs CO2 year round.

While the contribution of agricultural equipment to CO2 and equivalent emissions is currently less than 10% of the total worldwide CO2 emissions (see chart), its contribution to the reduction of natural vegetation has not been accounted for.

Since 1960, both green house emissions and reduction in natural plant life due to expansion of agricultural land are both upsetting the energy balance of our ecosystems in the direction of global warming as shown below:

Can Precision Agriculture solve global warming?

Precision agriculture has been around for years, though no one knew how to name it. Since the invention of the personal weather station with a tipping-bucket rain gauge by RainWise Inc, farmers have had access to somewhat accurate local meteorological data, yet not many knew how to take full advantage of it. With the advances in computing power, agricultural equipment and data processing techniques, higher precision data becomes more valuable to take full advantage of the possible increases in farming efficiency. This, in combination with the looming Internet-of-Things technological revolution, has lead to the reinvention of the personal weather station as a professional quality instrument by BARANI DESIGN Technologies. Its MeteoHelix micro-weather stations are able to produce meteorological data of higher quality than most current climatological networks (3), in excess of World Meteorological Organization requirements, for a fraction of the price of the most popular RainWise and Davis personal weather stations.

Since farming is highly dependent on weather, farming decision making is dependent on good meteorological data quality. New farming efficiency gains through high-quality meteorological and soil data can significantly increase crop yields. If sensor and data affordability is maintained not at the expense of data quality with the goal of reversing global warning, as with the MeteoHelix weather stations, increases in crop yields will allow for a reduction in global agricultural land use. Reduction in global agricultural land use leading to expansion of natural vegetation areas will offset higher CO2 emissions even while our world population and emissions expand. The climate change equation will be moved closer to balance again.

LORIX One and MeteoHelix IoT Pro solution for professional meteorological and agricultural applications

New product spotlight at the Meteo Expo 2019 in Gevena Switzerland

LORIX One LoRaWAN Gateway detail.

BARANI DESIGN Technologies in cooperation with Wifx Sàrl from Switzerland with showcase a professional meteorological wireless solution designed for areas with limited GSM/LTE coverage. This low-bandwidth wireless meteorological system requires very low data rates as typical of mountainous regions and rural or outback locations. These remote locations where meteorological data is scarce but critical for accurate weather prediction for nearby population centers are currently serviced by costly satellite data services. Now remote meteorological data coverage is attainable for a few hundred dollars wherever GSM/LTE or Wifi is available.

Outdoor IoT wireless LoRaWAN gateway with 10+ km wireless range.

  • LORIX One professional IP65 outdoor LoRaWAN gateway from Wifx of Switzerland.

MeteoHelix agro weather station overlooking a wheat field.

MeteoHelix agro weather station overlooking a wheat field.

WMO conforming IoT micro-weather station:

  • MeteoHelix® IoT Pro weather station for professional meteorology and precision agriculture by BARANI DESIGN Technologies of Slovakia.

New strategic partnership between BARANI DESIGN Technologies and COMPTUS Inc. from the United States of America will fruit “Made in USA” and “Assembled in USA” meteorological sensors and weather stations under the “BARANI DESIGN” brand.

For more information, please contact Wifx or BARANI DESIGN Technologies.

Sigfox IP65 micro-Gateway with MeteoHelix IoT Pro solution for professional meteorological and agricultural applications

New product spotlight at the Meteo Expo 2019 in Gevena Switzerland

Sigfox Micro installation at a remote cattle ranch for cattle tracking and MeteoHelix weather station data. (Photo by Andrej DobÁk of SIMPLECELL NETWORKS SLOVAKIA, A.S..)

BARANI DESIGN Technologies in cooperation with HELIOT SA, the Sigfox wireless network operator in Switzerland and Austria will showcase a professional meteorological wireless solution designed for areas with limited or non-existent GSM/LTE coverage. This low-bandwidth wireless meteorological system requires very low data rates as typical of mountainous regions and rural or outback locations. These remote locations where meteorological data are scarce are also critical for accurate weather prediction for nearby population centers and are currently only serviced by costly satellite data. Thanks to Sigfox and HELIOT SA, remote wireless coverage for meteorological data will now be available for a few hundred dollars wherever GSM/LTE or Wifi is not available.

Outdoor wireless Sigfox IoT gateway with 10+ km wireless range:

MeteoHelix Sigfox weather station in the outback hills.

MeteoHelix Sigfox weather station in the outback hills.

WMO conforming IoT micro-weather station:

For more information, please contact HELIOT SA or BARANI DESIGN Technologies.