Meteorological Measurement Systems

Hardcover | January 15, 2001

byFred V. Brock, Scott J. Richardson

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This book treats instrumentation used in meteorological surface systems, both on the synoptic scale and the mesoscale, and the instrumentation used in upper air soundings. The text includes material on first- and second-order differential equations as applied to instrument dynamicperformance, and required solutions are developed. Sensor physics are emphasized in order to explain how sensors work and to explore the strengths and weaknesses of each design type. The book is organized according to sensor type and function (temperature, humidity, and wind sensors, forexample), though several unifying themes are developed for each sensor. Functional diagrams are used to portray sensors as a set of logical functions, and static sensitivity is derived from a sensor's transfer equation, focusing attention on sensor physics and on ways in which particular designsmight be improved. Sensor performance specifications are explored, helping to compare various instruments and to tell users what to expect as a reasonable level of performance. Finally, the text examines the critical area of environmental exposure of instruments. In a well-designed, properlyinstalled, and well-maintained meteorological measurement system, exposure problems are usually the largest source of error, making this chapter one of the most useful sections of the book.

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This book treats instrumentation used in meteorological surface systems, both on the synoptic scale and the mesoscale, and the instrumentation used in upper air soundings. The text includes material on first- and second-order differential equations as applied to instrument dynamicperformance, and required solutions are developed. ...

Fred V. Brock and Scott J. Richardson are both at University of Oklahoma.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195134516

ISBN - 13:9780195134513

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Table of Contents

1. Overview2. Barometry3. Static Performance Characteristics4. Thermometry5. Hygrometry6. Dynamic Performance Characteristics, Part 17. Anemometry8. Dynamic Performance Characteristics, Part 29. Precipitation Rate10. Solar and Earth Radiation11. Visibility and Cloud Height12. Upper Air Measurements13. Sampling and Analog-to-Digital ConversionA. Units and ConstantsB. Thermistor Circuit AnalysisC. A Data LoggerD. CircuitsE. Geophysical Coordinate SystemF. Instrumentation GlossaryIndex

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"This book focuses on three main areas: physical principles of meteorological sensors, development of static and dynamic performance concepts, and analysis of the concepts of meteorological measurement systems. . .The content of this work was used in conjunction with one junior-level and onefirst-year graduate level college course in instrumentation."--Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society