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AMT | Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 237–252, 2019
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 237–252, 2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 15 Jan 2019

Research article | 15 Jan 2019

A method to assess the accuracy of sonic anemometer measurements

Alfredo Peña et al.
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We propose a method to assess the accuracy of turbulence measurements by sonic anemometers. The idea is to compute the ratio of the vertical to along-wind velocity spectrum within the inertial subrange. We found that the Metek USA-1 and the Campbell CSAT3 sonic anemometers do not show the expected theoretical ratio. A wind-tunnel-based correction recovers the expected ratio for the USA-1. A correction for the CSAT3 does not, illustrating that this sonic anemometer suffers from flow distortion.
We propose a method to assess the accuracy of turbulence measurements by sonic anemometers. The...