ISFS operations for RELAMPAGO


ISFS is supporting the Hydromet research for RELAMPAGO and, as such, will be operational for the EHOP, scheduled for 1 June 2018 -- 15 April 2019. Due to some delay in shipping ISFS and RAL equipment, the first week of June will be the "burn in" period, during which some sensors may not be functioning correctly.


All sites have instrumentation for basic meteorology, radiation, and soil heating and moisture. In addition, seven of the sites have eddy covariance fluxes with a 3D sonic anemometer and H2O/CO2 IRGA. Ten of the sites have optical disdrometers (Ott Parsival2), recording the particle size distribution every minute.

(This Table isn't quite up-to-date.  However, this ISFSkmz file is very close.)

Number Location Remarks Type Sonic height (m)


Latitude Longitude Altitude (m)
s1 Rio Primero   Basic   Y 31° 19.877'S 63° 38.470'W 253
s2 El Tio   Basic   N 31° 22.856'S 62° 48.640'W 124
s3 San Francisco   Flux 5 Y 31° 25.654'S 62° 7.963'W 116
s4 Esperanza School Basic   Y 31° 23.501'S 60° 54.689'W 25
s5 Canada de Gomez Butterfly Basic   Y 32° 48.341'S 61° 26.097'W 97
s6 Marcos Juarez Test plot Flux 6 N 32° 43.423'S 62° 5.625'W 115
s7 Marcos Juarez Old Alfalfa Flux 6 Y 32° 42.947'S 62° 4.478'W 112
s8 Ordonez Causeway Flux 3 Y 32° 48.216'S 62° 57.615'W 147
s9 Ordonez Lake Flux 7 N 32° 50.325'S 62° 53.111'W 133
s10 Laborde Vet Flux 5 Y 33° 9.335'S 62° 49.405'W 123
s11 La Carlota 4 posts Basic   N 33° 18.288'S 63° 21.312'W 157
s12 Alejandro Roca Dog and son Basic   N 33° 24.199'S 63° 38.206'W 191
s13 Rio Cuarto   Basic   Y 32° 58.048'S 64° 39.136'W 646
s14 Berrotaran Met Observer Flux 3 Y 32° 28.334'S 64° 23.708'W 631
s15 Pilar SMN Basic   Y 31° 40.078'S 63° 52.924'W 335


Communications/Data Flow

Two sites, s11 and s13 were found to have poor cell phone coverage during site survey and will use satellite modems for real-time data transmission and remote login. The rest of the sites will use cell phone modems. Through these connections, 5-minute average statistics computed on site will be transmitted to Boulder, where they will be assembled into one data file and used to create data plots in near-real time. Raw sample data will be archived onsite and downloaded manually during site visits every 2 months. If the cell modem data bandwidth permits, raw sample data may be transmitted in real time from the sites using them.