A Psychrometer System for Micrometeorology Profile Determination

F. J. Lourence Dept. of Water Science & Engineering, University of California, Davis

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Abstract

An aspirated psychrometer system using thermopiled copper-constantan sensors is described. Field data are presented showing temperature and humidity profiles obtained over a turf crop by nine self-contained units mounted on a 6 m mast. Temperature and humidity can be determined with accuracies of 0.025C and 0.15 mm Hg vapor pressure.

The units are relatively inexpensive and easy to fabricate. The wet-bulb element, a porous ceramic cup supplied with a continuous column of water from a reservoir, provides more reliable and less critical operation than the conventional cotton-wick elements.

Abstract

An aspirated psychrometer system using thermopiled copper-constantan sensors is described. Field data are presented showing temperature and humidity profiles obtained over a turf crop by nine self-contained units mounted on a 6 m mast. Temperature and humidity can be determined with accuracies of 0.025C and 0.15 mm Hg vapor pressure.

The units are relatively inexpensive and easy to fabricate. The wet-bulb element, a porous ceramic cup supplied with a continuous column of water from a reservoir, provides more reliable and less critical operation than the conventional cotton-wick elements.

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