LIDAR-based cloud height sensor

Lufft Ceilometer CHM8k. The LIDAR-based cloud height sensor / ceilometer CHM8k is prepared to work throughout the year and in any climate

 

Description

Lufft Ceilometer CHM8k. The LIDAR-based cloud height sensor / ceilometer CHM8k is prepared to work throughout the year and in any climate

The CHM8k is the latest ceilometer from Lufft. Using the LIDAR technique, it detects backscatter aerosol profiles / structure in multiple layers, cloud bases, cloud penetration depths as well as vertical visibility and issues the sky condition index. It has an operating range of up to 8,000m (26,200 ft) and is equipped with an integrated controller offering a fully embedded real-time calculation of all target parameters and comfortable user interfaces. The Lufft ceilometer series is prepared to work throughout the year and in any climate. Due to their double case structure combined with a window blower and an automatic heating system, the ceilometers are free of fogging, precipitation, freezing or overheating issues.

Parameters measured: Aerosol backscatter profile, cloud base height, cloud penetration depth, aerosol layer height, cloud cover, vertical visibility, Sky Condition Index
Measurement technology: Optical (LIDAR)
Product highlights: Measuring range of up to 8 km (26.246 ft), simple & eye-safe, service-friendly due to modularity, various data telegrams, sensitivity in the range of the Lufft CHM 15k, suitable for the most demanding environments
Interfaces: RS485 (ASCII communication), LAN (Web-Interface, (S-)FTP, NetTools); optional: DSL modem, RS232 for service

Advantages of the Cloud Height Sensor / Ceilometer CHM8k

These are the advantages of the ceilometer CHM8k:

  • Rugged housing and service-friendly operation
  • Robust against fogging, precipitation, freezing or overheating
  • Robust against saturation problems due to fog, low stratus clouds that can occur in single axis ceilometers
  • High accuracy and simultaneous measurements of several parameters
  • No compromises with regards to functions/ quality compared to CHM15k

Example of use of the Cloud Height Sensor / Ceilometer CHM8k

The fields of application / users / insallations sites of the Lufft CHM8k ceilometer are:

  • Weather / meteo services
  • Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS)
  • Airports / aviation
  • Environmental Protection Agencies or universities (for environmental studies of air quality, fine dust & mixing layers)
  • Heliports