Gobabas - Measurement of the Surface Energy Balance in the Namib Desert
Project funded by own resources
Project title Gobabas - Measurement of the Surface Energy Balance in the Namib Desert
Principal Investigator(s) Vogt, Roland
Co-Investigator(s) Parlow, Eberhard
Organisation / Research unit Departement Umweltwissenschaften / Atmospheric Sciences (Kalberer),
Departement Umweltwissenschaften / Meteorologie (Parlow)
Project Website https://mcr.unibas.ch/projects2/index.php?project=gobabas
Project start 01.07.2009
Probable end 31.03.2022
Status Active

Yearlong measurements of the components of the surface energy balance in desert landscapes are rare. The facilities of the Gobabeb desert research station and the existing measurements of net radiation within the Land Surface Temperature (LST) project at the wind tower are an excellent opportunity to sample such a valuable data-set. The purpose is to contribute to the understanding of the micrometeorology/-climatology of such exceptional environments. The energy balance equation can in case of horizontal homogeneity be written as Rn + G = H + LE, where Rn is the net radiation, G the soil heat flux, H the turbulent sensible heat flux and LE the turbulent latent heat flux. The left hand side can be regarded as the available energy which is partitioned into the turbulent heat fluxes on the right hand side. Net radiation Rn is currently measured at the wind tower of Gobabeb. The soil heat flux G and the sensible heat flux H will be additionally measured so that LE can be estimated as a residual term.

Since May 2012 MCR operates station for the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) http://www.pangaea.de/PHP/BSRN_Status.php

Keywords surface energy balance,desert meteorology,turbulence
Financed by University funds

Cooperations ()

  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
157985  Vogt, Roland  Folke Olesen  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research  01.07.2009  31.12.2017 
3387486  Vogt, Roland  Jacobson, Peter, Associate Professor  Department of Biology, Grinnell College  01.06.2015  31.12.2019 

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