This paper addresses the potential of using unamanned aerial vehicles for conducting fundamental research in the atmospheric boundary layer. A method of computing wind speed from a moving velocity sensor data is provided. The approach is demonstrated for both five-hole probes and hot-wire probes. Included in the procedure is an technique which was shown to provide an invertible, a posteriori calibration for hot-wire voltage data, demonstrated using data from a mid-afternoon flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a single-sensor hot-wire probe. Several bulk and small-scale characteristics from small, fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle flights in the convective boundary layer are calculated, and show the potential for extracting a range of both large-scale and small-scale turbulence statistics.
|Title of host publication||8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference|
|State||Published - 2016|
|Event||8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference, 2016 - Washington, United States|
Duration: Jun 13 2016 → Jun 17 2016
|Name||8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference|
|Conference||8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference, 2016|
|Period||6/13/16 → 6/17/16|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation through grant #CBET-1351411 and by National Science Foundation award #1539070, Collaboration Leading Operational UAS Development for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics (CLOUDMAP).
© 2016, National Research Council Canada.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Space and Planetary Science
- Atmospheric Science