Functional development of a New Zealand weather station network to improve plant production


  • W.R. Henshall
  • G.N. Hill
  • R.M. Beresford
  • R.H. Agnew
  • P.N. Wood
  • R.R. Marshall



For over 25 years The New Zealand Institute for Plant Food Research Ltd (PFR) and its antecedents have operated a network of weather stations in the main New Zealand horticultural regions Data from these stations have been applied to the analysis of trials and surveys and used for the development of disease models and horticultural software Access to the data has evolved from direct links between each weather stations dialup modem and the users computer to standalone MetWatch software to the webbased MetWatch Online and finally to the current Internet Protocol (IP)based system allowing directaccess via smartphones The most recent network upgrade to provide near realtime data via the 3G cellular network provides the focus for this review of the network and its applications We discuss opportunities for future development of equipment within the weather station network




How to Cite

Henshall, W.R., G.N. Hill, R.M. Beresford, R.H. Agnew, P.N. Wood, and R.R. Marshall. “Functional Development of a New Zealand Weather Station Network to Improve Plant Production”. New Zealand Plant Protection 69 (January 8, 2016): 120–125. Accessed March 30, 2023.




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