An earlier study by one of the authors reported significant differences of up to 21% in linear regression slopes between six Kipp & Zonen large-aperture scintillometers. In this note, the consistency of this increasingly popular instrument for measuring sensible heat fluxes at the km scale was quantified by comparing measurements from four Scintec boundary-layer scintillometers and one large-aperture scintillometer over nearly identical transects. The Kipp & Zonen instrument's sensible heat fluxes were more than 20% larger than those from the Scintec instruments, while the difference in regression slopes amongst the Scintec instruments was 3% or less.
- Instrument intercomparison
- Large-aperture scintillometer
- Sensible heat flux
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atmospheric Science