Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 929–938, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-929-2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 929–938, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-929-2016

Research article 07 Mar 2016

Research article | 07 Mar 2016

Controlled weather balloon ascents and descents for atmospheric research and climate monitoring

Andreas Kräuchi et al.

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In situ upper-air measurements are often made with instruments attached to weather balloons launched at the surface and lifted into the stratosphere. It has been demonstrated that ascending weather balloons can perturb the air measured by very sensitive humidity and temperature sensors trailing behind them. The use of controlled balloon descent for such measurements has therefore been investigated and is described here. We present two different methods and show advantages and disadvantages.