How good are citizen weather stations? Addressing a biased opinion


The UK is home to a dense network of Citizen Weather Stations (CWS) primarily set up by members of the public. The majority of these stations record air temperature, relative humidity and precipitation, amongst other variables, at sub-hourly intervals. This high resolution network could have benefits in many applications, but only if the data quality is well characterised. Here we present results from an intercomparison field study, in which popular CWS models were tested against Met Office standard equipment. The study identifies some common instrumental biases and their dependencies, which will help us to quantify and correct such biases from the CWS network.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Mathematics
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Computer Science
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Sustainable environment research group
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bell, S., Cornford, D., & Bastin, L. (2015). How good are citizen weather stations? Addressing a biased opinion. Weather, 70(3), 75-84., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving. Funding: EPSRC CASE award (10002388)
Uncontrolled Keywords: amateur,quality,bias,uncertainty,hobbyist,user-contributed,volunteered,Atmospheric Science
Full Text Link: http://onlineli ... a.2316/abstract
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015-03
Published Online Date: 2015-03-03
Authors: Bell, Simon
Cornford, Dan (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8787-6758)
Bastin, Lucy (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1321-0800)



Version: Accepted Version

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