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Performance of Wvss-ii Hygrometers on the Faam Research Aircraft : Volume 7, Issue 8 (19/08/2014)

By Vance, A. K.

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Title: Performance of Wvss-ii Hygrometers on the Faam Research Aircraft : Volume 7, Issue 8 (19/08/2014)  
Author: Vance, A. K.
Volume: Vol. 7, Issue 8
Language: English
Subject: Science, Atmospheric, Measurement
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Cotton, R. J., Abel, S. J., Woolley, A. M., & Vance, A. K. (2014). Performance of Wvss-ii Hygrometers on the Faam Research Aircraft : Volume 7, Issue 8 (19/08/2014). Retrieved from

Description: Met Office, Exeter, UK. We compare the performance of five hygrometers fitted to the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurement's (FAAM) BAe 146-301 research aircraft using data from approximately one hundred flights executed over the course of two years under a wide range of conditions. Bulk comparison of cloud free data show good agreement between chilled mirror hygrometers and a WVSS-II fed from a modified Rosemount inlet but that a WVSS-II fed from the standard flush inlet appears to over read compared to the other instruments, except at higher humidities.

Statistical assessment of hygrometer performance in cloudy conditions is problematic due to the variable nature of clouds, so a number of case studies are used instead to investigate the performance of the hygrometers in sub optimal conditions. It is found that the flush inlet is not susceptible to either liquid or solid water but that the Rosemount inlet has a significant susceptibility to liquid water; it is not susceptible to ice. In all conditions the WVSS-II respond much more rapidly than the chilled mirror devices, with the flush inlet-fed WVSS-II being more rapid than that connected to the Rosemount.

Performance of WVSS-II hygrometers on the FAAM Research Aircraft

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