Drag Anemometer Measurements of Turbulence over a Vegetated Surface

T. Grayson Redford Jr. Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Abstract

Turbulent fluctuations of vertical wind and fluxes of momentum, sensible heat and latent heat measured with a drag anemometer are compared to like data measured with other instruments. Means of the measured parameters agreed well with energy balance computations of the heat fluxes and profile measurements of the momentum flux. Drag anemometer measurements of turbulent fluxes generally exceeded those obtained with a propeller anemometer, run concurrently. Spectral analysis indicates that the propeller anemometer did not respond well at high frequencies, causing an underestimation of the fluxes and vertical wind fluctuations. The drag anemometer appears to respond well up to 5 Hz.

Abstract

Turbulent fluctuations of vertical wind and fluxes of momentum, sensible heat and latent heat measured with a drag anemometer are compared to like data measured with other instruments. Means of the measured parameters agreed well with energy balance computations of the heat fluxes and profile measurements of the momentum flux. Drag anemometer measurements of turbulent fluxes generally exceeded those obtained with a propeller anemometer, run concurrently. Spectral analysis indicates that the propeller anemometer did not respond well at high frequencies, causing an underestimation of the fluxes and vertical wind fluctuations. The drag anemometer appears to respond well up to 5 Hz.

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