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Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR): net flux radiometer data from the Chilbolton Observatory
Continuous measurements are made using a Kipp & Zonen CNR4 net flux radiometer. It measures both downwelling and upwelling radiation in 2 wavelength bands which are common to many similar instruments. A shorter wavelength band measures radiation received from the sun. It encompasses the visible spectrum, together with near infrared and longer wavelength ultraviolet, over a wavelength range of approximately 0.29 - 2.8 µm. It shows a clear response to the day/night cycle. Clouds and other aerosols reduce the detected radiation. A longer wavelength band measures longer wavelength infrared radiation (approximately 4.5 - 32 µm) produced by emission from the atmosphere and earth's surface. It does not respond significantly to the day/night cycle but changes according to the time of year and degree of cloud cover.
Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) Campbell Scientific PWS100 present weather sensor data
The Campbell Scientific PWS100 present weather sensor deployed at the Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire, detects and classifies precipitation by observing the scattering of a laser beam 20 degrees off the forward direction in the horizontal and vertical planes. The detected signals depend on the size, shape, optical properties, concentration and velocity of the particles. The instrument is mounted approximately 10m above ground on the roof of a cabin at the Chilbolton Observatory site. It is operated continuously. Data include: counts as a function of size of hydrometeors in 300 bins from 0.1 to 30.0 mm, the number of hydrometeors in 9 type categories. visibility, air temperature, relative humidity, rainfall rate, rainfall accumulation, average hydrometeor velocity, average hydrometeor size and reports the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) present weather code for the site. Data are archived as netCDF files.
Measurements from a LI-COR LI-7500 open path gas analyser operating at infra-red wavelengths deployed at the Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research site in Chilbolton, Hampshire. The instrument measures the absorption due to carbon dioxide at specific wavelengths along its 0.125m measurement path. Internally-stored calibration data are used to convert these absorption values to a mole concentration for each gas. Carbon dioxde and water vapour mole concentrations from this instrument are also provided with sonic anemomenter data at a 20Hz data acquisition rate for eddy covariance calculations in another CFARR dataset. Measurements are taken at 10s intervals and are archived at this temporal resolution. Data are in netCDF.
Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR): cloud camera imagery from Chilbolton (2001-2014)
Sky images collected by a JVC KYF55-BE digital camera over Chilbolton, Hampshire. The data were collected from 5th of July 1996 to the present.
Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR): cloud camera 2 imagery from Chilbolton, Hampshire (2016-present)
Sky images collected by a sky camera replacing the earlier JVC KYF55-BE digital camera deployed at the Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire. These differ from the previous camera imagery by the use of a fish-eye lens to give complete sky imagery. These images have been captured from mid-2016 to the present.
Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR): sky imagery from the AXIS 2100 Cloud Camera mounted at the Chilbolton Obseratory
Data are of sky images collected by an AXIS 2100 digital camera over Chilbolton, Hampshire. The data collected are from 21st of January 2005 to the present and are available in avi movie files and tar files of jpeg images. Images are taken every 15 seconds.
The Chilbolton Facility for Atmopsheric and Radio Research's aerosol particle concentration measurements are provided by a 164DM environmental dust monitor manufactured by Grimm Aerosol Technik. A Lufft WS500 weather station is incorporated into the instrument to provide co-located meteorological measurements. Alternatively, particle mass concentrations can be produced as PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 measurements. The instrument measures the size and number density of aerosol molecules by using a 0.5m vertical inlet to suck ambient air into a measurement chamber. The scattering of a laser beam transmitted through the chamber is used to deduce size and concentration information. It is operated continuously on the roof of a cabin at a height of 8m above ground at the Chilbolton Observatory site. Measurements are taken every 60s, providinga erosol particle concentration (counts/m3) in 31 size bins in the range 0.265-34.0 um, air temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, wind speed and wind direction. The instrument is calibrated every 18 months by the manufacturer
Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR): cloud camera imagery from Sparsholt College, Hampshire (1996-1997)
Sky images collected by a JVC KYF55-BE digital camera over Sparsholt College, Hampshire. The data were collected from 5th of July 1996 to end of 1997 before the camera was relocated to the main Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire. See the linked instrument details record (under the Process information) for subsequent data from this instrument.
Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) Drop Counting Raingauge Data, Sparsholt College Site
Data were collected by Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) Raingauges from 15th of March 2002 to the present at Sparsholt College, Hampshire. The dataset contains measurements of rainfall accumulation as measured by RAL Rapid Response Drop Counting rain gauges.
Data were collected by the Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR) Radiometrics Radiometer from the 23rd of August 2007 to the present at Chilbolton, Hampshire. The dataset contains measurements of the total liquid water at zenith, together with the vertical profile of water vapour density. Accuracy of integrated water vapour (IWV) retrieval: ~1 – 2 mm Accuracy of total liquid water path (LWP) retrieval: ~15% in non-precipitating conditions.