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Public-images-osm logo.svg man_made = monitoring_station
An Air Quality Monitoring Station above the M42 - geograph.org.uk - 210181.jpg
A station that monitors something
Used on these elements
may be used on nodes
may be used on ways
may be used on areas
may be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: Approved

Monitoring Station

There is a large variety of monitoring stations. It ranges from checking water levels in rivers (Wikipedia (de) Wikipedia (en) ), tide gauges for sea level monitoring, noise monitoring, air pollution monitoring and signals from positioning satellite monitoring to weather stations (Wikipedia (de) Wikipedia (en)).


man_made=monitoring_station creates a simple feature that would enable to map all the above features. The tags can be applied to all types of objects existing in OSM.
This tag doesn't refer to objects used to "monitor" - that means intercept, eavesdrop or wiretap - any communication infrastructure.



Define what is monitored:


No defaults are defined here since depending on the type of station, the operator and the things monitored it is impossible to define an always correct default value.

Useful combinations

Example images

 flood gauge at Murrumbidgee River
flood gauge at Murrumbidgee River
A technician examines a weather station's anemometer.
Remote GPS monitoring site.

See also

Related terms: <monitoring station>