For Independent Investigations / A Level Non-Examined Assessment (NEA)
Weather data can be used for lots of interesting investigations and is also a useful addition to many investigations – the weather can affect both physical processes and human ones.
Are the responses people give to surveys affected by the weather? How does this extend to other forms of behaviour – how people travel, what activities they choose to do? What impact do microclimates have on land use – and vice versa?
Weather data can be obtained directly (primary sources) using instruments – which may be simple (homemade or cheaply available) or highly precise, professional instruments.
You can find guidance about how to make accurate weather measurements in this document, which is also available as a short video. Note that much of the guidance about how to use a thermometer etc. appropriately is applicable to a Kestrel weather station.
This guidance forms part of the wider Royal Geographical Society’s student guide to the A level independent investigation (NEA) where you can also find some more detailed ideas for weather and climate fieldwork and some further project ideas here.
The Royal Meteorological Society has also produced quick guides to using Kestrels Kestrel 4500 guide Kestrel 5500 guide
You can borrow Kestrel weather stations from the Royal Meteorological Society for your NEA/ Independent investigation.
This scheme is supported by Richard Paul Russell.
Royal Meteorological Society Kestrel weather stations have accompanied expeditions to places as far afield as Madagascar, India and Norway. You can read some of the trip reports here, here and here.
You can borrow Kestrel weather stations from the Royal Meteorological Society for your expedition – it doesn’t need to be to an exotic location, but you do need to have a clear scientific purpose for your trip.
If on the other hand you would like to purchase your own instruments, Richard Paul Russell are offering a 10% discount off all products with the code RMETS2019.