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Setup of the LOVE project

Setup of the LOVE project

2019-06-03

Since May we’re building up the Large eddy Observatory Voitsumra Experiment (LOVE). During the measuring period of more than one month three-dimensional observations of temperature, wind speed and wind direction will be taken with about 4 km of optical fibre. With this LOVE is the so far largest fibre-optical distributed sensing experiment!

LOVE combines a horizontal measuring network on the ground with many horizontal observations:

- a measuring tower of 12 m height

- a flying fibre optics experiment with a tethered balloon (0 – 200 m measuring height)

- a SoDAR RASS (Sound Detection And Ranging + Radio-Acoustic Sounding System; 20 – 240 m measuring height)

- a LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging; 0.25 – 5 km measuring height) and

- a Ceilometer (0.18 – 7 km measuring height).

The data gained with this experiment will be used to understand how the atmospheric boundary layer behaves under stable, weak-wind conditions. The focus lays on the observation of near-surface turbulence, its formation and evolution and its interaction with larger motions.

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