1CNRM-GAME (Météo-France and CNRS), Toulouse, France
2Laboratoire d'Aerologie, University of Toulouse, CNRS, Toulouse, France
3Institute of Flight Guidance, TU Braunschweig,
Hermann-Blenk-Str. 27, 38108 Braunschweig, Germany
Received: 08 Dec 2015 – Discussion started: 18 Jan 2016
Abstract. This study presents the first deployment in field campaigns of a balloon-borne turbulence probe, developed with a sonic anemometer and an inertial motion sensor suspended below a tethered balloon. This system measures temperature and horizontal and vertical wind at high frequency and allows the estimation of heat and momentum fluxes as well as turbulent kinetic energy in the lower part of the boundary layer. The system was validated during three field experiments with different convective boundary-layer conditions, based on turbulent measurements from instrumented towers and aircraft.
Revised: 16 Aug 2016 – Accepted: 17 Aug 2016 – Published: 06 Sep 2016
Canut, G., Couvreux, F., Lothon, M., Legain, D., Piguet, B., Lampert, A., Maurel, W., and Moulin, E.: Turbulence fluxes and variances measured with a sonic anemometer mounted on a tethered balloon, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 4375-4386, doi:10.5194/amt-9-4375-2016, 2016.