Net Radiation - Net Radiometer (NR-Lite)

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Net-Radiometer NR Lite


Parameter to be measured:

Net Radiation (spectral range 0.2-100µm): The net radiation is the energy balance between incoming short-wave and long-wave infrared (IR) radiation relative to surface reflected short-wave and outgoing long-wave IR radiation.


The NR-Lite sensor is a thermopile sensor. It has on both sides an black absorber and the sensors outputs a voltage. The vaoltage is proportional to the radiation


  • NR-Lite sensor
  • Mounting gear
  • Logger


  • Cheap compared to other net radiometers like the CNR 1 from Kipp & Zonen
  • resistant
  • measures the short and longwave radiation in one sensor


  • not as precise as CNR 1 or comparable other sensors
  • sensitive to wind speed

What to watch out for:

  • keep the sensor clean



Projects that used the above equipment: HYGRA – The effect of water storage variations on in-situ gravity measurements and their use for hydrology

Manufacturer: Kipp & Zonen

Dealer: Campbell Scientific Thies Clima

Manuals and other resources:

NR-Lite Manual


The following paper compares the NR Lite with supposedly more precise instrumentation. Interesting conclusions. Douglas R. Cobos, John M. Baker (2003) Evaluation and Modification of a Domeless Net Radiometer, Agron. J. 95:177–183 (

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