The Decagon VP-4 is a microclimate sensor.
The VP-4 sensor can be used in microclimate and evapotranspiration studies. As part of the Observant Global system, the device can monitor:
- air temperature
- relative humidity
- barometric pressure
- vapor pressure
Connection to Field Unit Ports
For a C3 unit, the sensor's bare wires can be connected to the RS232/SDI port directly:
|Port Terminal||Sensor Wire Colour||Alternate Sensor Wire Colour|
|Tx||Not connected||Not connected|
|Ground||Ground (Bare)||Ground (Bare)|
For a Solo, the Solo Sensor Accessory Pack (Item #10124) is needed.
The VP-4 can be mounted to the same pole as the field unit. Cabling can be routed internally or externally. If external routing is preferred, ensure all cabling is contained within suitable UV stable conduit and secured to the pole and VP-4. A drain hole may be added to the lowest point of the conduit if there is a chance of moisture ingress. Please refer to the C3 or Solo User Guides for further cable routing options and information.
The VP-4 is housed in a solar radiation shield to prevent the possibility of sunlight on the sensor causing false readings of elevated temperatures. The radiation shield is most effective when located where there is adequate ventilation.
Contact Observant if you wish to connect more than one such sensor to a single field unit.
The EnviroPro Soil Probe device should be added via Manage Equipment with the following configuration: