Meteorological Station

MET Stations capture weather data and may contain information in another data repository. MET stations are linked to a site within a specific year.

Searching for a MetStation

Searching the database for MetStation records requires 3 fields. A column, a condition, and values. Clicking the search button will build the query based on the selected fields and will produce a table of results below the search box.

Quick Tip: To perform a quick search for all MetStation records, simply click the search button after the page loads. This will run the search using the “All” condition.

There is another way to search for MetStations. By going to the “MetStation Map search page” The system allows the searching via drawings and geometries.

To perform a filtered search, select a column to filter using the Column Name drop down.

After a column has been selected, select a filter condition to apply to the column. The filtering conditions available in the drop down are based on the based on the data type of the selected column name option.

Search Field Data Types


String – Alpha Numeric

Eg. MetStationName


Decimal or Integer

Eg. MetStationId


True/False Value

Eg. IsMetStationInAustralia


Date/Time Value

Eg. MetStationStartDate

Changing the condition to “All” will clear any values entered for that rule.

With a Column Name and a Condition selected the values need to be entered to search for.

The Value(s) text box allows multiple line separated values. Entering multiple values works applies and “Or” operand to the filter.

Search Page Values
If the condition for search is “starts with”, then the above input will find all values starting with “A” or “1”.

To refine the search further, additional search rules can be added using the “Add Rule” button. This button adds an additional filter row to the search input area with the same selections as the previous row.

Search Page rule

Additional filter rows provide “And/Or” operands to separate filters. The order of operands may have an impact on the resulting data set.

Additional filter rules can be removed using the “Remove Rule” button. To reset the form click the “Clear Form” button.

Search Controls

After a valid search has been completed, a table of results will be displayed below the search box. To sort and apply paged results additional search controls are available below the filters.

For a default the table only shows 10 Results per page. This can be adjusted by changing the dropdown and choosing a new value

The table will also be displayed with pagination (split into multiple pages). To navigate between the pages there are three buttons that allow to move between pages.

Search Page Results Controls

Hitting the “First” Button will go to the first Page while the “Next” and “Prev” buttons will go to the next and previous page sequentially.

The page number of the page being displayed will be shown on the right of the table, just above it.

Search Page Results Page Number

The table also gives the option to change how it is sorted. If the “Sort By” dropdown is selected it allows the choosing of one of the Column Names to search by. After the desired Column Name to search by is selected the order (Ascending or Descending) will also need to be specified.

This is set to Ascending by default as represented by the “Down Arrow”. Selecting this Arrow button will change the arrows direction while also changing the order.

The table will not update until the search button is hit again.

There is also an option to hide the pagination controls. In the even that more screen space is wanted, hitting the “drawer” at the button of the search options will hide all the extra controls and give a simplified screen.

Table Controls and Manipulation

Katmandoo also has several tools at a user’s disposal to use to alter and manipulate the results table for a better viewing experience.

Most notably there are five buttons above the table, each with their own function

This button will immediately export the data in the table to a spreadsheet with the .xlsx for-mat. It is not as powerful as the proper Export but can be useful for checking data quickly
This button will immediately export the data in the table to a spreadsheet with the .csv
format. It is not as powerful as the proper Export but can be useful for checking data quickly
This button will reset any changes that have been made to the table through the use of
these tools
This button will copy the table that is shown to the user and put it in the Clipboard (It will
not copy the whole table, only what is displayed)
This button will open a small menu of other buttons, each one being one of the column
Clicking on any of the headers in this sub menu will either hide or show that column
(Depending on whether it is currently hidden or showing)

There is also another feature that is not shown with the buttons. That is the ability to reorder the columns based on user preference.

If the mouse is hovered over one of the column headers, there will be a slight colour change. If the mouse is pressed when this happens the system will allow the column selected to be clicked and dragged to wherever.

Please Note: The first column (eye icon) cannot be reordered, it can be hidden but this is not advised

Adding a MetStation

In Katmandoo 3 there are two ways of adding an MetStation, through Importing and through the search page.

While on the search page, there is an add button both underneath the Condition in the search menu and in the pages menu in the top right (the three bars), selecting this will take the system to the Add page.

While on the MetStation add page, by default there will be six fields to enter data into.
The first three listed, MetStation Name, Postcode and Acronym are required fields.
The three fields below them, the MetStation Latitude, Longitude and Geometry are optional, but they also operate in a special way.

If a MetStation latitude or a MetStation Longitude is entered, the program will automatically generate a Geometry based on the latitude and longitude. Both a valid latitude and longitude must be entered for the geometry to be saved.

Please Note: That if there is already data in the MetStation Geometry field, entering or adjusting either the Latitude or Longitude will override whatever is in MetStation Geometry.

However if there has been a factor (or multiple factors) created for MetStations, then there will be more fields to enter data into.

After the MetStation data is supplied, hitting Save will add it to the database

If it was successfully added to the database the system will redirect to the View page for that MetStation

Please note that the Id will be different depending on how many MetStations have already been added.

Editing a MetStation

To make a change to an MetStation in the database it must be done through the Edit Page.

To get to an MetStation’s edit page it must first be found in the database. Using the search methods above the MetStation will appear in the results table on the search page.

On the rightmost column of the MetStation there is an “eye” icon. Clicking this will take the system to the view page for that MetStation.

Detail Eye Icon
Click this Icon to go the the view page

On this view page, there are three buttons.
The first button will go back to the MetStation Search Page. The Last button will go to the MetStation Map-Search Page.

And the Edit button, which goes to the edit page for the current MetStation.

Generic Edit button

As with the add page, the edit page allows for the addition of factors. On the edit page MetStation factors can also be edited

The edit page looks similar to the add page, but with the addition of the MetStation Id and the map below.

To make an edit to that particular MetStation, alter the fields and hit save

If the database was successfully updated the system will return back to the view page for that MetStation and the changes that were just made should be visible.

Importing MetStations

In Katmandoo there is the ability to add multiple MetStations all at once by importing data.

The system will only take a file with the type; .CSV or .XLXS/XLS anything else will be rejected.

To begin an import there are two points of entry. There is a global button on all pages on the left in the sidebar. Expanding out Sites will give the option to import MetStations.

As there are several different sidebar styles, the button may not look exactly like this

There is also a button that allows for importing MetStations on the search page.

Just like with the add button, both will go to the same location, they are just in multiple locations for convenience

There is also a button that allows for importing MetStations on the search page.

The import page for MetStation will have two different ways for selecting the file to use for the import.

The first option, “Select Import File” gives the option to select a file from any of the previously uploaded files to the system.

If running an import for the first time, this should be empty.

Import Page

The other option allows files to be directly uploaded from the device Katmandoo is currently being accessed on.

On the import page there is also a button that will automatically generate a template XLXS file that has all the possible headers for MetStations.

The template has two sheets with the first one where the headers are located and where data would be inserted. The second sheet merely has all the information surrounding the headers and any factors.

If an XLS or XLXS file is uploaded the system will come with another prompt if the spreadsheet has more than one sheet.

Once a sheet is selected and the “next” button is pressed the system will show all of the headers from the file and try to automatically map them to Columns in the Database.

Organisation Multiple sheets

If a CSV file is uploaded or if an XLSX /XLS with only one sheet in the spreadsheet, the system will skip the prompt for choosing the worksheet and will show the headers with their relevant mapping.

Import Page when using Template
If the downloaded template is being used, then the import mapping will look exactly like this

The system will try to match the column headers to the database fields automatically, but if it didn’t there it can be done manually.

If there are any headers that need to be uploaded that are red and have a cross next to them, it means that they are not mapped to a database field and need to be set manually.

By clicking on the dropdown that says “–Not Mapped–“ the system will show all of the database fields that are linked to MetStation Table in the factors (columns). It also includes all the aliases of them as well.

If all of the required fields have been mapped to databases and the next button is hit, the system will come up with confirmation.

If there are new records in the data base the system will number the amount of new records it will be adding.

If records a just being updated then the system will give the number of records being updated also.

After hitting save, the system will attempt to make those changes to the database returning a positive message on the home screen if it was successful.

This will state how many imported records were added or updated – in this demo, only one record was added

To confirm that the import was done without error. Go to the Search Page and run a search for the newly imported MetStations

Exporting MetStations

On the MetStation’s search page there is a button for exporting data.

By clicking the export button a the system will generate a pop-up

The export MetStation Data pop-up has several buttons and drop-downs with some being more useful than others.

The first drop-down cannot be changed as there is only one Export type for MetStation

There is an option to choose an export template with the two default ones being, all columns and no columns.

Under the heading “Available Columns” there is a full list of all of the available columns for export. Under the export type there is an option to choose an export template which will allow users to save a template of the columns they want form that list to export.
The two default settings are, all columns and no columns.

When doing a data export it can be time consuming having to go through very large lists of available columns.
However Katmandoo allows the creation of templates which can alleviate this issue.

When creating an export template, first the “new” button will have to be selected, in the Export Template Row

After this, a new row will appear asking for the new Template’s name.

To create a template first all the columns that are desired must be brought across from the available columns list. Then while in the Export Columns list, they can be ordered by using the up and down arrows.

If a name is supplied and the desired columns are added then hitting the save button will Save the template.

Then if the template is to be used, it will now appear in the dropdown

Going into any export and then hitting apply will automatically add what was save in the template (If it exists in the Available columns list).

To choose what columns are needed the blue buttons in the middle are used for this navigation.

Please note that by holding in shift multiple Columns can be selected at a time

This button moves the selected available column to the list of Export Columns
This button will move all of the available columns to the
export columns
Please note that for large amounts of columns the system
may take time to load
This button moves the Export Columns out of the list of
Export Columns
This button will move all of the export columns back to
the list of available columns
This button will move all of the selected columns up in
their order  
This button will move all of the selected columns down
in their order  

Another feature that exits for ease-of-use in the export window is the two search bars

There is also an option at the bottom of the window that is prompting for a file format to export to.

If there are large amounts of columns in either the available columns or the export columns lists. There is the ability to search for something specific.

The list will filter as characters are entered and if there is no possible match it will appear blank.

Please note: that the search is not case-sensitive

There is also an option at the bottom of the window that is prompting for a file format to export to.

By default this is set to be a CSV file, but it can be changed to be a XLSX file.

Export File format

Once a set of Export columns are selected, hitting the “Export” button will allow the system to download the exported file.