Boundary layer profiling with a tethered balloon

We've acquired a Vaisala tethered balloon system for use in probing the lower boundary layer. This system gives us the capability to measure the vertical profiles of temperature, humidity, wind speed and wind direction as well as ozone.  The balloon can be used to obtain continuous soundings by raising and lowering it or continuous measurements at constant height.  Our system can measure meteorology at six heights above the ground at one time, while observing and recording it in real-time at the ground.

Our latest use of the system was in the summer of 2007 in Boise, Idaho.

This photo shows our system taking a rest while we install new batteries in the tethersonde.

In the photo above we are using in the ECC ozonesonde to measure vertical profiles of ozone.


In the photo below we show the ozonesonde and tethersonde up close.


Our next use of the balloon is scheduled in January and July 2008 in Albuquerque, NM.


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Last updated on 4 January 2008
Contact: Dave DuBois