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S. SethuRaman and W. A. Tuthill

The design and construction of a bivane to measure horizontal and elevation angle fluctuations in the atmosphere are presented. Wind tunnel tests indicated a reasonably high-frequency response. Field comparisons with a commercially available instrument gave good results. A unique feature in the design of this bivane is its ruggedness in combination with good frequency response.

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S. SethuRaman, W. A. Tuthill, and J. McNeil

Instrumentation and data acquisition system for a typical air-sea interaction experiment are described. The experiments were conducted with the help of a stable air-sea interaction buoy anchored 5 km offshore in the Atlantic Ocean near Long Island. Errors due to the tilting motions of the buoy are discussed. The instruments were designed to survive the hostile marine environment and maintain their calibration and relatively high frequency response. A line-of-sight RF telemetry system was used to obtain data at a fast rate. Unique power supply features such as a wind charger and a solar panel were used to extend the life of the batteries. Future plans regarding data transmission through geostationary satellites are presented.

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S. SethuRaman, P. Michael, W. A. Tuthill, and J. McNeil

An observation system used to study the marine boundary layer over the Bay of Bengal at Digha Beach, West Bengal, India, as part of the International Monsoon Experiments (MONEX 79) is described in this paper. It was a portable system that was designed to facilitate ease in transportation, to be quick to assemble, independent and self-sufficient in power supply, and to operate in remote sites for long periods of time. The experiments consisted of measurements of atmospheric turbulence and fluxes of momentum, heat, and water vapor from a 10 m high coastal meteorological tower. Mean meteorological parameters were measured with an automated electronic weather station. Wind speed and direction profiles in the planetary boundary layer were obtained with pilot balloon soundings.

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