Energy Balance Experiment 2000 (EBEX00) ISFF Report



This document is a standard product of NCAR/ATD/ RTF which gives an overview of the measurements taken using the Integrated Surface Flux Facility (ISFF) and conditions during the EBEX2000 field experiment. This document can be obtained in hard copy from RTF upon request.

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Steve Oncley has a separate WWW site now used for EBEX2000 data analysis.



ISFF operated 9 sites with 5 and 10m towers in the eastern half of Section 17, of T21S, R19E (about 50 miles south of Fresno, CA) in cooperation with several other research groups. A layout of these sites is available. The locations of all sites were:


Table of Variables

EBEX2000 Data Access


Data for EBEX2000 are currently available in these forms:

Also available is a computer-readable logbook of comments noted by field project personnel.

EBEX2000 Photographs

Images either taken with a digital camera or scanned from prints sorted by directory. Click on a directory name, and then on a thumbnail image on the "contact sheet" to view. Contributions from Steve Oncley, Steve Semmer, Luis Ribeiro, Thomas Foken, Heping Liu, and Roland Vogt.

Sensors and Data Processing


Table of the radiometers used to measure the radiation components. CM21, CM14, CNR1 are models by Kipp and Zonen, PIR and PSP are by Epply, Q7 is by REBS. A ``v'' suffix indicates that the sensor was ventillated. All sensors were mounted on stands approximately 2~m above the ground. Two or four sensors at one height are indicated by x2, x4, respectively. [site 9 not ventillated?]
Parameter Sites 1-6 Site 7 Site 8 Site 9
R_net Q7 Q7 Q7 Q7
    CNR1   CNR1
R_sw down   PSP PSPv PSP
    CM21v   CM21x2
  CM21v CM14v   CM11
R_lw down   PIRv PIRv PIR
R_lw up PIRv PIRv PIRv PIR
T_sfc   KT15 Everest x4

I wrote a quick report of an investigation of the difference between Rlw from stations 2 and 6.

However, we have learned that not only did our data system corrupt coefficients used for Tdome and Tcase of the pyrgeometers (see PIR/CR10X Report), we also applied incorrect coefficients. These data have now been corrected.

Tony Delany has written a draft report on the radiometer calibrations used in EBEX. We expect this document to be revised soon. I've also made a quick Table of B-values for our radiometers.

Here is an outdated description of an investigation which fails to correct shortwave radiation values. Supposedly, Chris Fairall has a recent paper on this subject.

Sonic Anemometers

Table of turbulence measurements at the EBEX sites. Heights in m are in parentheses. Two sensors at one height are indicated by x2.
Parameter Sites 1,3 Sites 2,4-6 Site 7 Site 8 Site 9
Wind velocity UW (4.7) ATI-3K (4.7) ATI-3K (4.7) UW (4.7) UW (4.7)
and T_c     Kaijo-Denki TR90-AH (1.76)   CSAT3 (2.4)x2
      Kaijo-Denki TR90-AH (2.76)   Gill R2 (2.4)x2
      CSAT3 (2.7)   CSAT3 (6.0)
      CSAT3 (4.7)   Gill HS (6.0)
      CSAT3 (8.7)   Metek USA-1 (6.0)
Humidity KH20 (4.7) KH20 (4.7) KH20 (4.7)x2 KH20 (4.7) KH20 (4.7)
      KH20 (1.7)x2   KH20 (2.4)
      KH20 (2.7)x2   KH20 (6.0)
      Li7500 (4.7)   Li7500 (6.0)
      KH20 (8.7)    
Fine-wire T     AIR150 (4.7)   Heinmann (6.0)x2
      Campbell (2.7)    
      Campbell (8.7)    

Here are selected comments about the sonics from our logbook, including the boom angles shot for all of the wind sensors for EBEX (including props). Note that station 3 was never shot before it was moved to the fallow field. I plan to compute it using data from strong wind cases, but seem to recall that a first attempt wasn't very successful.

Even more worriesome is that we learned during SGS that all of our theodolite- based sunangles were computed with the sun_angle program set to the year 1900 (a Y2K bug!). We've estimated that the angles could be off by 0.5 degree. We might be able to correct them if we knew when the angles were shot, but we didn't keep track of these times. The data_scope angles that were shot for the IC period should be okay (though only good to 0.2 degree themselves).


Table of profile measurements at the EBEX sites. Heights in m are in parentheses. [NCAR model num., KNMI ht]
Parameter Site 7 Site 8 Site 9
Wind speed Climatronics F460 Modified RM Young Vector A101L
  (1.2,1.7,2.7,3.7,4.7,5.7x2, (1.7,2.7,4.7,6.7,8.7,10.7) (0.95,1.50,2.35,3.72,6.12,9.05)
Wind direction Climatronics F460 Modified RM Young Vector W200P
(10.7) (1.7,,6.7,8.7,10.7) (9.0)
Temperature and Frankenberger NCAR/Vaisala Frankenberger
Humidity (0.7,1.2,1.7,2.7,3.7,4.7,5.7, (0.7,1.7,2.7,4.7,6.7,8.7,10.7) (0.95,1.50,2.35,3.72,6.12,9.05)
  Vaisala HMP223    

See the sonic anemometer comments above about boom angles. We also probably had prop collar slippage which affected directions on one sensor:

00 Aug 12 04:00 - 00 Aug 12 07:00   Dir.1.7m too large by ~40deg
00 Aug 12 08:00 - 00 Aug 16 22:00   Dir.1.7m too large by ~67deg



Table of the soil sensors used at the EBEX sites. Depths (in cm) of the sensors are in parentheses. Two or four sensors at one height are indicated by x2, x4, respectively.  
Parameter Sites 1-6 Site 7 Site 8 Site 9
T_soil REBS (1-4) REBS (1-4) REBS (1-4) REBS (1-4)
    Pt100 (2,5,10,20,50) CS107x4
Q_soil CS615 (2.5) CS615 (2.5) CS615 (2.5) CS615 (2.5)
G_soil REBS (5) REBS (5)x2 REBS (5) REBS (5)
        Rimco x4

Daily Weather Plots

Click on the following to obtain once/day plots for several important measured variables. Each plot represents 24 hours of data. Please read the scales carefully for more details.

Other plots

Soil Moisture

A plot of gravimetric soil moisture data corresponding to the NCAR CS-615 soil moisture measurements is available

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This page was prepared by Steven Oncley, NCAR Research Technology Facility