92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Sunday, 22 January 2012
Practical Applications of a Multi-Parameter Meteorological Instrument in a Mobile Environment
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
Ashley L. Demko, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and C. M. Elsik, W. A. Hatheway, and D. T. Conlee

Collecting near-surface meteorological data in the field has always been a complicated task, however the current generation of digital sensors has made it easier to create portable and mobile atmospheric data collection stations. The Climatronics Compact Meteorological Sensor (CM-100) is one of the new combined digital portable sensors used to collect in-situ atmospheric data including pressure, temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and wind direction (with internal compass). We will show how the CM-100 can be affixed to a vehicle and examine the issues posed with such mounting. Furthermore, we will verify the accuracy and precision of the mounted instrument against the Texas A&M Research Farm Mesonet, encompassing current and reliable meteorological instruments. Additionally, we will introduce the challenges involved with working with the sensor, and possible future applications.

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