Comparison of Lyman-alpha and LI-COR infrared hygrometers for airborne measurement of turbulent fluctuations of water vapour


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Abstract. To investigate if the LI-COR humidity sensor can be used as a replacement of the Lyman-alpha sensor for airborne applications, the measurement data of the Lyman- alpha and several LI-COR sensors are analysed in direct in- tercomparison flights on different airborne platforms. One vi- bration isolated closed-path and two non-isolated open-path LI-COR sensors were installed on a Dornier 128 twin engine turbo-prop aircraft. The closed-path sensor provided abso- lute values and fluctuations of the water vapour mixing ratio in good agreement with the Lyman-alpha. The signals of the two open-path sensors showed considerable high-frequency noise, and the absolute value of the mixing ratio was ob- served to drift with time in this vibrational environment. On the helicopter-towed sensor system Helipod, with very low vibration levels, the open-path LI-COR sensor agreed very well with the Lyman-alpha sensor over the entire fre- quency range up to 3 Hz. The results show that the LI-COR sensors are well suited for airborne measurements of humidity fluctuations, pro- vided that a vibrationless environment is given, and this turns out to be more important than close sensor spacing.



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DOI 10.5194/amt-11-2523-2018

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Lampert, A. , Hartmann, J. , Pätzold, F. , Lobitz, L. , Hecker, P. , Kohnert, K. , Larmanou, E. , Serafimovich, A. and Sachs, T. (2018): Comparison of Lyman-alpha and LI-COR infrared hygrometers for airborne measurement of turbulent fluctuations of water vapour , Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11 , pp. 2523-2536 . doi: 10.5194/amt-11-2523-2018


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