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PILOT Station Network

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Observation stations within the PILOT station network transmit their observations in the form of a PILOT message. Observations from radiosondes at stations distributed globally are taken during four periods throughout the day. For each period, measurements are taken roughly every 2 seconds, and the results are transmitted in the PILOT message. The PILOT message contains measurements of wind speed and direction.

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platformType:      station_group
location:      GeographicBoundingBox: Longitude: -180.000 to 180.000; Latitude: 90.000 to -90.000
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Operational Details
  1. Transmission of PILOT messages

    The PILOT network uses radiosondes to probe the atmosphere and measure parameters such as atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity, and wind speed and direction. The radiosonde is a lightweight, balloon-borne instrument that is equipped with a radio transmitter for sending the measurements to the observing station via a radio link. Ingest scripts run at the BADC every 20 minutes, converting the incoming files to the self describing BADC-CSV format, but neither the processed or raw data are placed into archive until the following day. The relevant parameters are stored in the MetDB dataset on the BADC website.

Who to contact

If you have queries about these pages or about obtaining the Met Office surface stations data from the BADC then you should contact CEDA Support. Your query should be answered within one working day. When follow-up work is required, the CEDA support will carry out the work as quickly and efficiently as possible, and in any case, the user will be kept informed of progress.

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