The Secure and Rapid Deployment of the SWIRLnet project is a joint initiative of the Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University and the Queensland Government.
The Cyclone Testing Station would like to thank the Queensland Government for funding assistance for the installation of buried ground anchors for the Surface Weather Information Relay and Logging Network (SWIRLnet). We have six 3.2 m units that will record and store data on wind speed, temperature, relative humidity and pressure and upload 10 minute summaries via mobile network.
The project has delivered secure and robust buried anchors to allow rapid deployment of SWIRLnet anemomter towers to measure and provide real time data for cyclones crossing the coast. These buried anchors are located in Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Townsville City Council, Burdekin Shire Council and Whitsunday Regional Council areas. Places with anchor locations also include; Innisfail, El Arish, Mission Beach, Tully, Cardwell, Townsville, Ayr, Home Hill, Bowen, Proserpine, and Airlie Beach.
We would also like to thank the benefactors of the Cyclone Testing Station. Without their funding we would not be able to continue this kind of work. Special thanks to Risk Management Solutions (RMS) who directly support the SWIRLnet program.
SWIRLnet is a collaborative project between the University of Queensland and JCU.