Instrument : Mini Sound Detection and Ranging (SODAR)
The SODAR (Sonic Detection and Ranging) wind profiler measures wind profiles and backscattered signal strength between (nominally) 15 meters (m) and 500 m. It operates by transmitting acoustic energy into the atmosphere and measuring the strength and frequency of backscattered energy. The strength of the backscattered signal is determined by the strength of temperature inhomogeneities with size on the order of 10 centimeters (cm). Assuming the scattering elements in the atmosphere are moving with the mean wind, the horizontal wind field can be derived. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility Mobile Facility (AMF) has a system developed by Scintec, Inc. that transmits a sequence of frequencies to enhance signal determination.
- sodar : Mini Sound Detection and Ranging (SODAR)
The following measurements are those considered scientifically relevant.
|Southern Great Plains|
|SGP||A1||Browse Data||Whitewater, KS (ABLE)||retired|
|SGP||A2||Browse Data||Beaumont, KS (ABLE)||retired|
|SGP||A5||Browse Data||Oxford, KS (ABLE)||retired|
|ARM Mobile Facility|
|ASI||M1||Browse Data||Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean; AMF1|
|MAO||S1||Browse Data||Manacapuru, Amazonas, Brazil; MAOS|
|PVC||S1||Browse Data||Highland Center, Cape Cod MA; MAOS||retired|