It is generally understood that the environment significantly impacts the availability of vapour at surface level. We now have a fair understanding of which environmental factors have the strongest influence, as well as the correlation between influencing factors.
The ability to measure climatic effects when defining limitations of vapour detection is key. The use of weather-stations has traditionally been limited within the Mine Detection Dog (MDD) community. Therefore, the GICHD purchased a series of weather stations and gave them to the MDD organisations involved in research and operational activities. The aim has been to encourage the use of these stations, learn more about their effect, be able to record weather data during research, and for these stations to help determine when vapour detection becomes unsuitable.
Weather stations have been purchased by the GICHD and distributed to programmes in: