An all-thermistor pyrgeometer
Payne, Richard E.
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The design and testing of an all-thermistor (no thermopile) pyrgeometer (LWT) is descrbed. After calibration by comparison with a Kipp & Zonen CG4, 9.2 months of data show mean differences of order 1-2 W m-2 with standard deviations of order 7-8 W m-2. Approximately half of the mean difference and the standard deviation derived from 40 occasions when the LWT readings were anomalously high for periods of 2-l4 hours, principally at night. No reason has been found for the anomalous behavior. During the 9.2 months, of data, there were also 11 periods of a few hours each when the Eppley PIR indicated noticeably higher flux values than did the Kipp & Zonen CG4. The conclusion reached is that contemporary thermistors allow temperature measurements of suffcient accuracy, and the thermopile can be eliminated from pyrgeometers. The differences seen between the Kipp & Zonen and the Epply raise doubts about their absolute accuracies on time scales of hours, although their long-term averages are quite comparable.
Suggested CitationTechnical Report: Payne, Richard E., "An all-thermistor pyrgeometer", 2004-12, DOI:10.1575/1912/787, https://hdl.handle.net/1912/787
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