Improving Local Weather Forecasts for Agricultural Applications

T.G. Doeswijk, K.J. Keesman

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Abstract

For controlling agricultural systems, weather forecasts can be of substantial importance. Studies have shown that forecast errors can be reduced in terms of bias and standard deviation using forecasts and meteorological measurements from one specific meteorological station. For agricultural systems usually the forecasts of the nearest meteorological station are used whereas measurements are taken from the systems location. The objective of this study is to evaluate the reduction of the forecast error for a specific agricultural system. Three weather variables , that are most relevant for greenhouse systems are studied: temperature, wind speed, and global radiation. Two procedures are used consecutively: diurnal bias correction and local adaptive forecasting. For each of the variables both bias and standard deviation were reduced. In general, if local measurements are reliable, forecast errors can be reduced considerably.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventSecond IASTED Intern. Multi-Conference on Automation, Control, and Information Technology -
Duration: 20 Jun 200524 Jun 2005

Conference

ConferenceSecond IASTED Intern. Multi-Conference on Automation, Control, and Information Technology
Period20/06/0524/06/05

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