EGU2020-10303, updated on 12 Jun 2020
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Datalogger development for tipping-bucket throughfall measurement with open-source tools

Péter Kalicz, Péter Csáki, Katalin Anita Zagyvai-Kiss, and Zoltán Gribovszki
Péter Kalicz et al.
  • University of Sopron, Institute of Geomatics and Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Sopron, Hungary (

Manual throughfall gauges can not apply to explore the temporal properties of precipitation redistribution.  To follow the interception temporarily it is necessary to use automatic gauges. Commercial rainfall data-loggers are suitable but in a spatially heterogeneous environment, like agroforestry systems, need a large number to represent the spatial differences. To reduce the cost, we started to develop a microcontroller-based data logger.

As a test case, we develop new auxiliary equipment for an already working custom trough in our riparian alder plot. It is a large surface trough with a big container where water level change is sensed. This gauge works with a commercial data logger which will be used for validation purposes. The planned addition is a tipping bucket, which provides a digital signal directly. The simple task is to log the timestamp of the tips. After many iterations, an ARM
Cortex-M0+ based architecture was selected, which integrates all the necessary components of a simple data logger.  The development is fully open-source shared through git ( The presentation shares the experiences accumulated during the continuous development.

This research has been supported by the EFOP-3.6.2-16-2017-00018 in University of Sopron project and the corresponding author's work has been also supported by the János Bolyai Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and ÚNKP-19-4-I-4-SOE-4 New National Excellence
Program of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology.

How to cite: Kalicz, P., Csáki, P., Zagyvai-Kiss, K. A., and Gribovszki, Z.: Datalogger development for tipping-bucket throughfall measurement with open-source tools, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-10303,, 2020


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