EOL Seminar: Recent efforts to use small unmanned aircraft in studying the atmosphere

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 15:30 to 16:30
FL2-1001 Smal Seminar Room
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Recent efforts to use small unmanned aircraft in studying the atmosphere

Dr. Gijs de Boer

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, CU Boulder, NOAA ESRL Physical Sciences Division

Recent years have witnessed an increased use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for observing the Earth’s atmosphere.  A wide variety of platforms have been deployed for this purpose, from the very large (NASA Global Hawk) to the very small (CU DataHawk) and several in between.  Of particular interest is the use of small UAS (sUAS, typically <55 lbs), because of the potential for operation of low cost systems with a small operational footprint.  Such systems provide a unique viewpoint on the atmospheric column, make measurements in otherwise unreachable environments, and collect information on spatial heterogeneity in the near-surface atmosphere.

In this presentation, I will provide an overview of recent collaborative efforts undertaken to develop and deploy sUAS for atmospheric science, with a focus on the Arctic environment.  I will provide a background on the type of science we are looking to accomplish with these systems, the systems themselves, instrumentation, operational considerations and the regulatory environment.  Additionally, I will provide an early look at results from two recent deployments as part of the “Coordinated Observations of the Lower Arctic Atmosphere (COALA)” and “Evaluation of Routine Atmospheric Sounding Measurements using Unmanned Systems (ERASMUS)” campaigns completed using the CU DataHawk system.  Additionally, I will provide some insight into the second phase of ERASMUS, to take place this April. 

Seminar will be webcast at: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/fl2-live.htm‚Äč


Tuesday, 8 March 2016, 3:30 PM

Refreshments 3:15 PM

NCAR-Foothills Laboratory

3450 Mitchell Lane

Bldg 2 Small Seminar Room (Rm1001)