Courses at the LEES Lab

GEO892: Micrometeorological Instrumentation & Measurements


Dr. Jiquan Chen:

Course Description

Gain hands-on experience in sensor and weather tower construction and learn how to collect carbon flux data, process data from popular data-loggers, as well as learn the fundamental terminology, concepts, principles, processes and applications in natural science. The eddy-covariance method will be introduced and students will contruct their own towers as their term project. Additional methods will also be covered, including biophysical models and how to scale up in situ measurements usting satellite data.

Classes are expected to last until early November 2017 and the term paper is due by the end of the semester. Course materials will be listed here for educational use only.

Schedule Reminder
We've set aside the following dates for full-day classes 11AM-7PM, or longer as needed: October 3rd, 10th, and 17th.

Date Topic Download


Reading: Chen et al al. 1999. BioScience



Updated schedule

Temperature & Measurements

Reading: Chapter 2 (Fritzchen 1979)

Example for constructing a micromet station

09/07/17 Design a microclimatic stations w/ CSI dataloggers and sensors PDF
09/12/17 Water vapor, Homework #1, and CR23 programming PDF
09/14/17 Radiation PDF
09/21/17 Radiation, Lab, and EC Design for an Urban Tower PDF
09/26/17 Wind, tubulence, and flux measurements (Shao et al. 2017), EC Program - example) PDF
09/28/17 Energy budget PDF

CRBasics (D. Reed) and programming with CR1000/CR3000/CR5000 (12:00 - 17:00 h)

CRBasic Programming:

10/10/17 Ground testing of the EC system (12:00 - 17:00 h)  

Tower Installation at Baker Hall (09:00 - 17:00 h)

Photos: EC01, EC02, EC03, EC04, EC05, EC06, EC07, EC08, EC09, EC10, EC11, EC12, EC13, EC14, EC15, EC16, EC17, EC18, EC19, EC20.

EC Program for CR5000

EC Tower Maintanence manuals

11/14/17 Preliminary data for download on shared Google Drive


11/28/17 Overview and term paper (due on Dec. 13, 2017)

Final Report