A new data collection system intended to obtain fine-scale spatial and temporal measurements of temperature, relative humidity, and liquid precipitation.
It includes 28 stations equipped with temperature and humidity sensors, and three rain gauges. The average spacing between sensors is approximately 30m.
Established by Dr. Alan Shapiro together with colleagues at OU on a private piece of land adjoining Lake Thunderbird approximately 15 miles east of Norman in Spring 2002. Is is operational for over three years.
Undergraduates of the University of Oklahoma have participated in the setup of the Micronet and have started to conduct studies of microclimate effects.
Initial funding for this project, covering only some of the equipment, was provided by the University of Oklahoma Research/Creative Activity Program and SOM.
In spring 2004, the Dr. Petra Klein mentored two undergraduate students who, as part of their senior capstone project, installed a 15-m tall tower equipped with 5 RM Young Sonic anemometers at the Micronet. A Campbell Scientific CR5000 data logger is used as data acquisition system, and solar panels for the power supply.
The Micronet is actively used in METR 3613 "Meteorological Measurement Systems" and was an integral part of a course in "Micrometeorology" offered by Dr. Klein in Spring 2005.
last modified by P.Klein 07/22/2005