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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2018-179
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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2018-179
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Research article 18 Jun 2018

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Evaluation of Windsond S1H2 performance in Kumasi during the 2016 DACCIWA field campaign

Geoffrey E. Q. Bessardon1, Kwabena Fosu-Amankwah2, Anders Petersson3, and Barbara J. Brooks4 Geoffrey E. Q. Bessardon et al.
  • 1School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
  • 2Department of Physics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 3Sparv Embedded AB, Linköping, Sweden
  • 4National Center for Atmospheric Science, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

Abstract. Sparv Embedded, Sweden (http://windsond.com) has answered the call for less expensive but accurate reusable radiosondes by producing the Windsond S1H2. To evaluate the performance of the S1H2, in-flight comparisons between the Vaisala RS41-SG and Windsond S1H2 were performed during the Dynamics-Aerosol-Chemistry-Cloud Interactions in West Africa (DACCIWA) project (FP7/2007–2013) ground campaign at the Kumasi Agromet supersite (6°40′45.76″N, 1°33′36.50″W) inside the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana campus. The results suggest a good correlation between the RS41-SG and S1H2 data, the main difference lying in the GPS signal processing and the humidity response time at a cloud top. Reproducibility tests show that there is no major performance degradation arising from S1H2 sonde re-use.

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This paper presents the first performance assessment during a field campaign of a new reusable radiosonde: the Windsond S1H2. The reuse feature of the S1H2 requires to evaluate the data alteration due to the sonde re-use in addition to performance and reproducibility assessment. Results of a comparison with the Vaisala RS41-SG, a well-proven system, suggest a good correlation between the RS41-SG and S1H2 data with no major performance degradation arising from S1H2 sonde re-use.
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