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The new sodar LATAN-3M with a frequency-coded sounding signal was developed, manufactured, and successfully tested at the Obukhov Institute for Atmospheric Physics. The sodar emits a sequence of sounding pulses at different frequencies and then averages the Doppler spectra for each range gate over the ensemble of frequencies. The field tests have proved the significant advantages of a multi-frequency technique in comparison with a single-frequency one. The use of eight different frequencies halves the minimal acceptable signal to noise ratio compared to single-frequency sounding. Moreover, the multi-frequency mode improves the accuracy of instantaneous values of measured parameters and significantly increases the reliability in recognizing noisy echo-signals.

Das neue Sodar LATAN-3M mit einem frequenz-codierten Tonsignal wurde am Obukhov Institut für Atmosphärische Physik entwickelt, gebaut und erfolgreich getestet. Das Sodar sendet eine Sequenz von Tonimpulsen auf unterschiedlichen Frequenzen und mittelt das Dopplerspektrum für jedes Intervall über die Frequenzen. Während der Feldversuche wurden die signifikanten Vorteile der Multifrequenztechnik gegenüber der Monofrequenztechnik nachgewiesen. Verglichen mit dem monofrequenten Signal reicht beim Einsatz acht unterschiedlicher Frequenzen ein halb so lautes Signal als Mindestanforderung aus. Ferner steigert der Multifrequenzmodus die Genauigkeit der Messwerte und verbessert signifikant die Zuverlässigkeit beim Erkennen von Echosignalen bei Stöorgeräuschen.

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Publication date: 2009-04-01

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