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  24 Aug 2020

24 Aug 2020

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Measurements from mobile surface vehicles during LAPSE-RATE

Gijs de Boer1,2, Sean Waugh3, Alexander Erwin4, Steven Borenstein5, Cory Dixon5,a, Wafa'a Shanti4, Adam Houston4, and Brian Argrow5 Gijs de Boer et al.
  • 1Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • 2NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory, Boulder Colorado, USA
  • 3NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma, USA
  • 4University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
  • 5Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • anow at: Geotech Environmental Equipment, Denver, Colorado, USA

Abstract. Between 14 and 20 July 2018, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) were deployed to the San Luis Valley of Colorado (USA) alongside surface-based remote, in-situ sensors, and radiosonde systems as part of the Lower Atmospheric Profiling Studies at Elevation – a Remotely-piloted Aircraft Team Experiment (LAPSE-RATE). The measurements collected as part of LAPSE-RATE targeted quantities related to enhancing our understanding of boundary layer structure, cloud and aerosol properties and surface-atmosphere exchange, and provide detailed information to support model evaluation and improvement work. Additionally, intensive intercomparison between the different unmanned aircraft platforms was completed. The current manuscript describes the observations obtained using three different types of surface-based mobile observing vehicles. These included the University of Colorado Mobile UAS Research Collaboratory (MURC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Severe Storms Laboratory Mobile Mesonet, and two University of Nebraska Combined Mesonet and Tracker (CoMeT) vehicles. Over the one-week campaign, a total of 143 hours of data were collected using this combination of vehicles. The data from these coordinated activities provide detailed perspectives on the spatial variability of atmospheric state parameters (air temperature, humidity, pressure, and wind) throughout the northern half of the San Luis Valley. These data sets have been checked for quality and published to the Zenodo data archive under a specific community set up for LAPSE-RATE ( and are accessible at no cost by all registered users. The primary dataset DOIs are (CU MURC measurements; de Boer et al., 2020d), (NSSL MM measurements; Waugh, 2020) and (UNL CoMeT measurements; Houston and Erwin., 2020).

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MURC Observations from LAPSE-RATE G. de Boer, S. Borenstein, C. Dixon, and B. Argrow

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Mobile Mesonet files from LAPSE-RATE A. Houston and A. Erwin

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Short summary
This paper provides an overview of measurements collected in south-central Colorado (USA) during the 2018 LAPSE-RATE campaign. The measurements described in this article were collected by mobile surface vehicles, including cars, trucks and vans, and include measurements of thermodynamic quantities (e.g. temperature, humidity, pressure) and winds. These measurements can be used to study the evolution of the atmospheric boundary layer at a high elevation site over a variety of conditions.
This paper provides an overview of measurements collected in south-central Colorado (USA) during...