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