The CNR4, manufactured by Kipp & Zonen, is a research-grade net radiometer that measures the energy balance between incoming and outgoing radiation. Our dataloggers measure the CNR4's output. This net radiometer offers a professional solution for scientific-grade energy balance studies.Read More
The CNR4 consists of a pyranometer and pyrgeometer pair that faces upward and a complementary pair that faces downward. The pyranometers and pyrgeometers measure shortwave and long-wave infrared radiation, respectively.
The upper long-wave detector of the CNR4 has a meniscus dome that allows water droplets to easily roll off of it. The dome shape also increases the field of view to nearly 180° instead of 150° for a flat window.
The CNR4 contains both an internal thermistor and an internal Pt-100 RTD. Typically, the thermistor makes the instrument housing temperature measurements used to compensate the infrared readings. Alternatively, the RTD can provide these measurements if a CR3000 or CR5000 datalogger is used.
The CNR4 has a solar shield that reduces the thermal effects on both the short-wave and long-wave measurements. A drying cartridge helps keep the radiometer’s electronics dry. The CNF4, an optional ventilation unit with heater, can be fitted onto the CNR4 to minimize the formation of dew as well as melt frost.
|Response Time||< 18 s|
|Temperature Dependence of Sensitivity||< 4% (-10° to +40°C)|
|Sensitivity Range||5 to 20 μV W-1 m2|
|Tilt Error||< 1%|
< 20 W m-2 (pyranometer)
Angles up to 80° with 1000 W/m2 beam radiation
|Operating Temperature Range||-40° to +80°C|
|Compliance||Conforms to the CE guideline 89/336/EEC 73/23/EEC.|
|Height||6.6 cm (2.6 in.) dome-to-dome|
|Width||11.1 cm (4.4 in.)|
|Weight||850 g (30.0 oz) without cable|
|Spectral Response||305 to 2800 nm|
|Uncertainty in Daily Total||< 5% (The uncertainty values are for a 95% confidence level.)|
|Output Range||0 to 15 mV (The output range is typical for atmospheric applications.)|
|Spectral Response||4.5 to 42 μm|
|Uncertainty in Daily Total||< 10% (The uncertainty values are for a 95% confidence level.)|
|Output Range||±5 mV (The output range is typical for atmospheric applications.)|
Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.
|CR1000||When using a CR1000, the internal temperature of the CNR4 should be measured with the internal thermistor.|
To avoid shading or reflections and to promote spatial averaging, the CNR4 should be mounted at least 1.5 m above the ground or crop canopy and away from all obstructions or reflective surfaces that might adversely affect the measurement.
The CNR4 can be attached to a vertical pipe or horizontal crossarm. To do this, first connect the radiometer to its mounting rod. The mounting rod then attaches to the pipe or crossarm via the 26120 Net Radiation Sensor Mounting Kit. The kit includes adjustment screws for leveling the CNR4. The 26120 can withstand winds up to 120 mph.
Four differential channels or four single-ended channels are used to measure the radiation components. A voltage excitation channel and an additional single-ended channel are required to measure the thermistor. If the RTD is used to provide the temperature compensation measurement, a current excitation channel (only available on the CR3000 and CR5000) and a differential channel are required.
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Yes. The signal from this sensor is not great enough to compensate for its dissipation because of the cable length.
Campbell Scientific recommends installing a net radiometer in an open area, away from the main weather station structure on a separate vertical mast. If it is necessary to install this sensor on the main tall tower (30 ft or taller), the sensor should be installed at the top of the tower. In the northern hemisphere, the sensor should be facing south. In the southern hemisphere, the sensor should be facing north. If the tower uses a solar power system (that is, solar panels), ensure that the solar panels are installed away from the main tower.
As of June 2013, all of our current and retired net radiation sensors can be mounted using this kit. These include:
If there is direct sun, the daily albedo graph is a U shape, because it’s a function of sun angle. If it’s a cloudy day without any direct sun, the daily albedo graph is more flat.
Most Campbell Scientific sensors are available as an –L, which indicates a user-specified cable length. If a sensor is listed as an –LX model (where “X” is some other character), that sensor’s cable has a user-specified length, but it terminates with a specific connector for a unique system:
If a sensor does not have an –L or other –LX designation after the main model number, the sensor has a set cable length. The cable length is listed at the end of the Description field on the product’s Ordering tab. For example, the 034B-ET model has a description of “Met One Wind Set for ET Station, 67 inch Cable.” Products with a set cable length terminate, as a default, with pigtails.
If a cable terminates with a special connector for a unique system, the end of the model number designates which system. For example, the 034B-ET model designates the sensor as a 034B for an ET107 system.
These are both research-grade net radiometers that measure the energy balance between incoming short-wave and long-wave infrared radiation versus surface-reflected short-wave and outgoing long-wave infrared radiation. The net radiometers, however, are produced by different manufacturers. The CNR4-L is manufactured by Kipp & Zonen. The NR01-L is manufactured by Hukseflux.
The specifications of the CNR4-L and NR01-L are very similar. For regular field use, the small differences between the two net radiometers may not be significant. One notable difference, however, is that the NR01-L includes a 1 W heater that minimizes the formation of dew and melts frost.
The CR1000 requires a 4WPB100 to measure the internal PRT. (Dataloggers such as the CR3000 and CR5000 have the necessary PRT bridge module built in to measure the PRT.) Note that the CNR4-L also includes an internal thermistor, which can be directly measured by the CR1000. Because of this, when using a CR1000, Campbell Scientific typically recommends monitoring the CNR4-L’s internal temperature using its internal thermistor instead of the PRT.
Because of the loss of IR radiation, nearly all thermopile instruments typically have a negative offset. This offset is most easily visible at night-time, when a small negative value is read instead of zero. This same offset is present during the daytime, but it is not as visible because of the large solar signal.
Another common issue involves leveling an instrument. Leveling a thermopile instrument can cause errors in the direct beam component because the cosine response is not correct. These errors are more notable when the sun is close to the horizon because the angle is so shallow.
Only one 4WPB100 is needed to measure the internal PRT in the radiometer.
Technically, because albedo is the fraction of the sun’s radiation reflected from a surface, albedo cannot be quantified at night.
When calculating albedo, it is important to remember that when radiation readings are very low, there is a significantly large error associated with the ratio. For example, as the sun drops to a lower position on the horizon, the ratio of reflected and incoming radiation becomes somewhat meaningless.
Albedo can be calculated from the simultaneous incoming and reflected pyranometer readings, with the average stored. Both of these pyranometer signals should be in a differential input mode.
In principle, two negative values could result in a night-time albedo of 0.5.
Because of the input resolution, noise, and offsets of the datalogger used, it is highly unlikely that any individual pyranometer reading is exactly zero. Depending upon the configuration used, any positive irradiation values recorded by the datalogger as less than 2 W/m2 may, actually, be less than zero.
If an upper pyranometer reading, a lower pyranometer reading, or both is/are less than 2 W/m2, the albedo value should be described as “undefined” or “invalid.”
Another approach is to just not calculate albedo when the flux values get small. For example, set a cut-off point for the minimum flux value that will be used in albedo calculations.
If solar position is being calculated, one other approach is to use a solar position calculation, such as 1° above the horizon.