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AMT | Articles | Volume 12, issue 8
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 4191–4210, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-4191-2019
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Special issue: Sources, propagation, dissipation and impact of gravity waves...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 4191–4210, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-4191-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 02 Aug 2019

Research article | 02 Aug 2019

Evaluation of wake influence on high-resolution balloon-sonde measurements

Jens Söder et al.
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Atmospheric measurements on rising balloons can be compromised by the balloon's wake. The aim of this study is to provide a tool for assessing the likelihood of encountering the balloon's wake at the position of the gondola. This includes an uncertainty analysis of the calculation and a retrieval of vertical winds. We find an average wake encounter probability of 28 % for a standard radiosonde. Additionally, we evaluate the influence of wake from smaller objects on turbulence measurements.
Atmospheric measurements on rising balloons can be compromised by the balloon's wake. The aim of...
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