Automatic measurement of pollen dispersal
MeteoSwiss has developed expertise in automatic pollen monitoring over the past few years, with the aim of making these data available in real time to the Swiss public. Through collaboration with researchers, as well as testing of various instruments, the feasibility of automatic pollen measurements has been demonstrated.
A project is currently underway to make real-time data available in Switzerland. The Lucerne-based company, Swisens SA submitted the winning bid in the public call for tenders issued in 2019. After extensive testing having confirmed the efficacy of its "Swisens Poleno" system in the spring of 2020, the company is set to provide the automatic pollen monitors for the MeteoSwiss network. The first stations in the network will be operational from the 2021 pollen season onwards.
From then on, the information will be available within minutes of the measurement, thus providing a precise picture of what is in the air at any given time. These real-time data will allow MeteoSwiss to improve the provision and the quality of available information.