Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 17–35

Frequency response corrections for eddy correlation systems

  • C. J. Moore

DOI: 10.1007/BF00122754

Cite this article as:
Moore, C.J. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (1986) 37: 17. doi:10.1007/BF00122754


Simplified expressions describing the frequency response of eddy correlation systems due to sensor response, path-length averaging, sensor separation and signal processing are presented. A routine procedure for estimating and correcting for the frequency response loss in flux and variance measurements is discussed and illustrated by application to the Institute of Hydrology's ‘Hydra’ eddy correlation system.

The results show that flux loss from such a system is typically 5 to 10% for sensible and latent heat flux, but can be much larger for momentum flux and variance measurements in certain conditions.

A microcomputer program is included which, with little modification, can be used for estimating flux loss from other eddy correlation systems with different or additional sensors.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. J. Moore
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of HydrologyWallingfordUK