A description is given of an instrument which provides a near-continuous measurement of evaporation from natural surfaces. This instrument employs a resistive bridge technique to sense net radiation, ambient wet-bulb temperature and dry- and wet-bulb temperature differences, and employs a servobalance system to combine the corresponding electrical signals according to a modified version of the energy balance formula. Details are given of the instrument's construction, calibration, field operation and performance.
NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
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- Measuring Instruments;
- Surface Properties;
- Temperature Measurement;
- Instrumentation and Photography