A Portable Lidar Boundary-Layer Wind Profiling System

T. L. Barber U.S. Army Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

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J. A. Weinman Applied Research Corporation, Landover, Maryland and Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

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Abstract

A rugged portable laser-ranging pilot balloon tracking system was developed to measure wind profiles in the boundary layer. The portable laser-ranging system provides digital output and can be operated by one relatively unskilled person. Additional personnel may be needed to launch the pilot balloons. Wind speeds were measured at 50-m intervals with an accuracy of 0.25 m s−1. Under clear sky conditions, the nominal range of the system is 3000 m.

Abstract

A rugged portable laser-ranging pilot balloon tracking system was developed to measure wind profiles in the boundary layer. The portable laser-ranging system provides digital output and can be operated by one relatively unskilled person. Additional personnel may be needed to launch the pilot balloons. Wind speeds were measured at 50-m intervals with an accuracy of 0.25 m s−1. Under clear sky conditions, the nominal range of the system is 3000 m.

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