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This page contains links to information helpful in preparing ozonesondes for a scientific measurement campaign. Included below are links to a downloadable PDF file containing the manual for preparing, calibrating, and launching ECC ozonesondes flown with both Vaisala RS80-15 and Intermet iMet-1 radiosondes; montoring and processing flight data using STRATO software; and suggestions for contacting local authorities before beginning your campaign. Also below are links to instructional QuickTime videos showing the procedures for preparing, calibrating, and launch ozonesondes.

The ECC ozonesonde manual was originally compiled by Mr. Alex Bryan (now at U. of Michigan) based on materials provided by Dr. Walter Komhyr (EnSci Corporation), Dr. Bryan Johnson (NOAA - ARL), Dr. Holger Voemel (German Weather Service), and Mr. Marc Taylor (now at U. of Houston). Final editing was performed by Dr. Gary Morris (Valparaiso University).

NOTE: This manual is still under review and is NOT the official EnSci manaul for preparing ozonesondes. Its content is the responsibility of the Mr. Bryan and Dr. Morris only, and it does not necessarily carry the endorsement of any of the other parties listed above.

The CFH manual was written by Holger Voemel (now at Meteorological Observatory Lindenberg, Germany).

Also, videos are still in development stage. The filmed procedures linked below are not perfect. The manual should be the first source of information. The videos only provide an idea of what is involved in the preparation procedures. But hopefully, viewing the videos gives you a better idea of the instructions contained in the manual and how they are executed.

Link to ECC Manual. (Updated 4 July 2010)

Link to CFH Manual.

Link to CFH Programming Manual.

Links to Checklists:

1) Standard Ozonesonde Prep (Updated 14 July 2011)
2) Dual Ozonesonde Prep
3) Reconditioned Ozonesonde Prep (Updated 14 July 2011)

Links to Videos:

1) 3 - 7 Day Initial Preparation Procedure
2) Running Balloon Trajectory Forecasting Program
3) Day-of-Flight Calibration Procedure
4) Attaching and Testing iMet to Ozonesonde
5) Attaching and Testing RS80-15 to Ozonesonde (COMING SOON)
6) Assembling Balloon Train
7) Pre-launch: Activating STRATO and iMet
8) Launching Balloon
9) Conditioning SO2 Filters
10) Testing SO2 Filters
11) Reconditioning a Used Ozonesonde
12) Calibration of CFH Sonde
13) Flight prep and launch of CFH Sonde

 

 

 

 

 
 

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