Research Facilities - 200 m Tower
A 200 meter data acquisition tower is available to measure and record atmospheric conditions at ten levels, with a variety of instruments to include sonic and u-v-w anemometers providing wind profile and particulate data.
Update Summer 2011: According to WiSE Research Associate Dr. Brian Hirth, the 200 m data acquisition tower has gone through significant upgrades in the past several months to improve the reliability and quality of the data collected by this system.
Instrumentation on each of the ten tower levels were methodically tested and replaced if issues were discovered with any sensor. Additional wiring modifications were made to improve the overall system grounding which considerably reduced noise across the entire platform, and the pre-existing data acquisition hardware was upgraded to a more modern National Instruments system. The hardware upgrade also required the development of new data acquisition software, which was done internally. The new data acquisition software has simplified instrumentation troubleshooting and will allow for easy expansion of the current instrumentation suite, if desired.
With the oversight of Dr. John Schroeder, specific credit is extended to Jeff Livingston, Glenn Allen and Jerry Guynes for their time spent on the tower and in their respective labs testing and implementing the upgrades.
Instrumentation - Elevation Schematic
Typical Instrumentation - Detail