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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2017-292
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24 Aug 2017
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It is a manuscript under review for the journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT).
Automated Enclosure and Protection System for Compact Solar-Tracking Spectrometers
Ludwig Heinle and Jia Chen Environmental Sensing and Modeling, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technische Universität München, Munich, 80333, Germany
Abstract. A novel automated enclosure for protecting solar-tracking atmospheric instruments was designed, built, and tested under various weather conditions. A complete automated measurement system, consisting of a compact solar-tracking Fourier Transform spectrometer (EM27/SUN) and the enclosure, has been deployed in central Munich for greenhouse gas monitoring for one year and withstood all critical weather conditions, including rain, storm, and snow. It has provided continuous ground-based measurements of column-averaged concentrations of CO2, CH4, O2 and H2O.

The enclosure protects the instrument from harmful environmental influences while allowing for open path measurements in sunny weather conditions. The newly developed and patented cover, a key component of the enclosure, permits unblocked solar measurements, while reliably protecting the instrument within less than 6 seconds. This enables very dynamic decisions about taking measurements, and thus increases the amount of data samples.

The presented enclosure leads to a fully automated measurement system, which collects data whenever possible without any human interaction. The functionalities of the enclosure give full control over the EM27/SUN. It provides the fundament for a long-term greenhouse gas monitoring sensor network.


Citation: Heinle, L. and Chen, J.: Automated Enclosure and Protection System for Compact Solar-Tracking Spectrometers, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2017-292, in review, 2017.
Ludwig Heinle and Jia Chen
Ludwig Heinle and Jia Chen
Ludwig Heinle and Jia Chen

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We present a novel automated enclosure for protecting solar-tracking atmospheric instruments. It has been deployed in central Munich for greenhouse gas monitoring for one year and withstood all critical weather conditions, including rain, storm, and snow. The enclosure leads to a fully automated measurement system, which collects data whenever possible without any human interaction. It provides the fundament for a long-term greenhouse gas monitoring sensor network.
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