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Instrumentation for Exploring Surface Energy Balance using a Combination of Satellite and Ground Based Observations

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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CUNY - New York City College of Technology

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The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of U.S. Universities to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in selected technical areas of importance to national defense. DURIP funding provides for the acquisition of research equipment and instrumentation for this purpose. This proposal is for the purchase of a system of ground-based measuring devices including a CO2H2O analyzer, a soil flux system, a sonic anemometer, a heavy duty tripod, a biomet system, a cellular communication system, and a latent and sensible heat flux system. In order to understand these forcing factors, reliable sources of information in various spatial scales including ground-based measurements and satellite observations are needed. Ground-based measurements can be used to validate models in smaller scales and to enhance our understanding of surface heat properties in higher spatial resolutions. Soil moisture, soil temperature, snow water equivalence, evapotranspiration, wind and net radiation are among most important parameters that need to be measured. Moreover, satellite-based observations are utilized when acquisition of data in regional and global scales is not feasible. The New York City College of Technology, use the equipment to augment and enhance research capabilities in the exploration and characterization of surface energy fluxes in urban and non-urban environments.

Subject Categories:

  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Thermodynamics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]