About Station

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The latest data(100) can be viewed on our internet website. You can access this data through the  following email address serhankal@bilfen.com.

In our research station we can currently measure temperature, pressure and humidity. In addition, we can also measure the amount of ultraviolet and infrared rays, the total amount of illumination, and, in 3D, the amount and intensity of the magnetic field. These measurements are recorded on an SD card at the station and are also sent to our website. This means that even if internet problems occur the data can still be accessed through the SD card.

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We plan to use our own data from meteorological measurements such as temperature, pressure and humidity to carry out research into global warming. We tested our station in a freezer and found that it could operate in temperatures as low as -27C. Because we were not able to test at temperatures lower than this, we made some modifications and took measures so that our project would work at even lower temperatures.

We plan to measure the extent of the Aurora by measuring the illumination the polar lights produce the in the sky. When we manage to reach our goal, we plan to calibrate our data by comparing it with data obtained using different methods of scientific research. We will thus be able to measure the extent of the Aurora in a more practical, cheaper and easier way. This will give us an idea about how active the sun is. We tested this under laboratory conditions   in our school. We shone green and red laser beams at different heights on the ceiling, just like an Aurora, and took measurements. Our results convinced us that our system would work.

We carried out tests to see whether ultraviolet rays occur when an Aurora is formed. Because light from a fluorescent lamp is similar to aurora lights we measured the amount of ultraviolet light from both fluorescent and other lamps. We observed that the fluorescent lamp produced more ultraviolet rays and so we added an ultraviolet sensor to the project.

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We also tested the amount of ultraviolet light that passed through the glass sphere we use for the station.  We found that the glass cut out some of the ultraviolet light but, because we had achieved significant results with our measurements, we continued to use the glass sphere in spite of this.

We had planned to increase the field of view using a fish-eye lens for the light and UV sensors in our tests but our results proved inconclusive and so we removed it from the project.We will be able to observe changes in the magnetic field of the auras formed by using 3D magnetic field sensors.

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THE STORY OF BILFEN ARCTIC METEOROLOGICAL AND AURORAL RESEARCH STATION

 

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Our initial plan was to go and view the Northern Lights. Then we decided to set up a small meteorological station. We believed that we could build this station’s infrastructure in our robotics club. We began to construct the station using the Arduino microcontroller cards and Arduino compatible sensors which we had in our club. We later visited İstanbul Technical University to see how we could improve our project. In our discussions with the lecturers from the Upper Atmosphere Physics section we learned that there are stations called All Sky Camera which are used to observe auroras. This system is expensive and requires significant software knowledge. We thought that we could do this using a simpler method and developed our project accordingly. We planned a system that would measure both meteorological features(like temperature, humidity and pressure), magnetic field and the amount of ultraviolet rays. Using this system, we plan to measure the illumination caused by auroras and changes in the magnetic field that occur. We also plan to measure the amount of ultraviolet rays and observe changes in them as auroras are formed. We will send our data to the website where it will be stored and available to all researchers. By studying the data we obtain, we will be able to investigate whether there is a relationship between them and, if so, what the nature of that relationship is.

An important attribute of the project is that it will be the first and only station in the North Pole where the Turkish flag is flown.

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