Meteorological instruments are usually kept in a standard instrument shelter
which has slatted sides to protect them from direct sunlight whilst simultaneously allowing the air to circulate.
Metspec, based at Coventry University TechnoCentre, Puma Way, earned the award after developing the Advance Instrument Shelter
in conjunction with the Met Office.
'Our Advance Instrument Shelter
now offers a first-rate, maintenance-free solution to housing temperature and humidity measuring equipment.
The CAT's rugged housing is designed to meet world-wide hazardous area certifications and eliminates the expense of an instrument shelter
. In addition, the CAT does not require continuous purge and can be installed directly on the process for shorter sample lag times which reduces operating and installation costs and improves process control.
An instrument shelter 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 m (8.2 x 8.2 x 8.2 ft) placed about 10 m (33 ft) from the watershed outlet was used to house the weather-sensitive devices and to store maintenance materials.
Soil and air temperature sensors were located about 50 m (165 ft) from the instrument shelter. Air temperature was observed at about a meter (3 ft) above ground level in a standard Stevenson Vane shelter; louvered sides and a double top protected the instrument from precipitation, condensation, and radiation.
This allowed the transducers to be placed above and away from the water in the instrument shelter. One advantage of this bubbler system was the complete logger assembly was independent of the flume.
The Advanced Instrument Shelter, a plastic and powder-coated housing for humidity and temperature logging equipment which is resistant to UV radiation and acid rain, is now being sold around the world.
Mr Wright said: "Our Advanced Instrument Shelter now offers a first-rate maintenance-free solution to housing temperature and humidity-measuring equipment.
Traditional instrument shelters
have now been replaced by automated surface stations.