25 May 2021

25 May 2021

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Measurements from the University of Colorado RAAVEN Uncrewed Aircraft System during ATOMIC

Gijs de Boer1,2,3, Steven Borenstein3, Radiance Calmer1, Christopher Cox2, Michael Rhodes3, Christopher Choate3, Jonathan Hamilton1,2, Jackson Osborn2, Dale Lawrence3, Brian Argrow3, and Janet Intrieri2 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
  • 3Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Abstract. Between 24 January and 15 February 2020, small uncrewed aircraft systems (sUAS) were deployed to Morgan Lewis (Barbados) as part of the Atlantic Tradewind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC), a sister project to the ElUcidating the RolE of Cloud-Circulation Coupling in ClimAte (EUREC4A) project. The observations from ATOMIC and EUREC4A were aimed at improving our understanding of trade-wind cumulus clouds and the environmental regimes supporting them, and involved the deployment of a wide variety of observational assets, including aircraft, ships, surface-based systems and profilers. The current manuscript describes ATOMIC observations obtained using the University of Colorado Boulder RAAVEN sUAS. This platform collected nearly 80 hours of data throughout the lowest kilometer of the atmosphere, sampling the near-shore environment upwind from Barbados. Data from these platforms are publicly available through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Center for Environmental Intelligence (NCEI) archive. The primary DOI for the quality-controlled dataset described in this manuscript is 10.25921/jhnd-8e58 (de Boer et al., 2021).

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Data sets

ATOMIC CU-RAAVEN UAS: Lower-atmospheric meteorological and surface properties from the CU-RAAVEN unmanned aircraft system (UAS) over the Tropical Atlantic Ocean, near Barbados: Atlantic Tradewind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign 2020-01-24 to 2020-02-16 (NCEI Accession 0225373) de Boer, Gijs; Borenstein, Steven; Calmer, Radiance; Rhodes, Michael; Choate, Christopher; Hamilton, Jonathan; Argrow, Brian; Intrieri, Janet

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Short summary
This article provides a summary of the collection of atmospheric data over the near-coastal zone upwind of Barbados during the ATOMIC and EUREC4A field campaigns. These data were collected to improve our understanding of the structure and dynamics of the lower atmosphere in the tropical trade wind regime over the Atlantic Ocean, and the influence of that portion of the atmosphere on the development and maintenance of clouds.