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Submitted as: research article 06 May 2019

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Comparison of turbulence measurements by a CSAT3B sonic anemometer and a high-resolution bistatic Doppler lidar

Matthias Mauder1, Michael Eggert2, Christian Gutsmuths2, Stefan Oertel2, Paul Wilhelm2, Ingo Voelksch1, Luise Wanner1, Jens Tambke3, and Ivan Bogoev4 Matthias Mauder et al.
  • 1Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 82467, Germany
  • 2Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Department 1.4 Gas Flow, Braunschweig, 38116, Germany
  • 3Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, ForWind – Center for Wind Energy Research, 26129 Oldenburg, Germany
  • 4Campbell Scientific Inc., Logan, UT 84321, USA

Abstract. Accurate measurements of turbulence statistics in the atmosphere are important for eddy-covariance measurements, wind energy research, and the validation of atmospheric numerical models. Sonic anemometers are widely used for these applications. However, these instruments are prone to probe-induced flow distortion effects, and the magnitude of the resulting errors has been debated due to the lack of an absolute reference instrument under field conditions. Here, we present the results of an intercomparison experiment between a CSAT3B sonic anemometer and a high-resolution bistatic Doppler lidar, which is inherently free of any flow-distortion. This novel remote sensing instrument has otherwise very similar spatial and temporal sampling characteristics as the sonic anemometer and hence served as a reference for this comparison. The presented measurements were carried out over flat homogeneous terrain, at a measurement height of 30 m. We provide a comparative statistical analysis of the resulting mean wind velocities, the standard deviations of the vertical wind speed and the friction velocity and investigate the reasons for the observed deviations based on the turbulence spectra and cospectra. Our results show a very good agreement of the mean wind velocity measurements and the standard deviations of the vertical wind speed, with comparabilities of 0.082 and 0.017 m s−1, respectively. Biases for these two quantities were very low, being smaller than 0.01 m s−1, which corresponds to about 1 % in relative terms. Slightly larger differences were observed for friction velocity. Analysis of the corresponding cospectra showed that the CSAT3B underestimates this quantity systematically by about 3 % on average as a result of too steep a drop-off in the inertial sub-range. We also found that an angle-of-attack dependent transducer-shadowing correction does not improve this agreement effectively because it leads to an artificial correlation between the three wind components and therefore severely distorts the shape of the cospectra.

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