Fundamental turbulence measurement with unmanned aerial vehicles

Brandon M. Witte, Cornelia Schlagenhauf, Jon Mullen, Jacob P. Helvey, Michael A. Thamann, Sean C.C. Bailey

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference
StatePublished - 2016
Event8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference, 2016 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2016Jun 17 2016

Publication series

Name8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference


Conference8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding 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).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, National Research Council Canada.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Atmospheric Science


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