Radiosonde Instrumentation

balloonA radiosonde is a small instrument package tethered to a weather balloon.  Radiosondes take a vertical profile of the atmosphere as the balloon ascends to altitudes up to 115,000 feet.  The data is relayed by radio transmitter to a computer at the surface.

Each radiosonde measures atmospheric pressure, air temperature, dew point/humidity, and wind velocity.  Additionally, radiosondes can be equipped with ozone and radiation sensors.

Students launch radiosondes as part of their coursework and when performing research.  Students are also involved in educating the public about radiosondes during science fairs and open houses located across New England.

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Department of Atmospheric Science & Chemistry

Department Chair:
Samuel T. Miller

M-F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Boyd Science Center
Room 124

Phone: 603-535-2325
Fax: 603-535-2723

Email: (Marsi Wisniewski, Administrative Assistant)

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #48
Plymouth, NH 03264

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