S15 Development of a Data Acquisition System to Study Turbulence

Sunday, 23 January 2011
Kevin J. Sanchez, SIO/Univ. Of California, La Jolla, CA; and J. D. Fuentes

To do a proper flux measurement, the land in which the fluxes are being measured over should be flat or have a relatively flat canopy. If this is the case you can figure out the height at which a sonic anemometer can be placed to collected data that can be used to create flux measurements. At our Beltsville, MD site, we do not have these ideal conditions. To figure out where the best place to make flux measurements, several sonic anemometers will be placed at different heights and the fluxes created from each will be compared. A data acquisition unit needed to be created to collect the data from all of the sonics and time stamped accordingly. The data was being collected at 10Hz so an efficient design was needed to do the job.
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