04 Nov 2021

04 Nov 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ESSD.

Observations of the Lower Atmosphere From the 2021 WiscoDISCO Campaign

Patricia A. Cleary1, Gijs de Boer2,3,4, Joseph P. Hupy5, Steven Borenstein4, Jonathan Hamilton2,3, Ben Kies1, Dale Lawrence6, R. Bradley Pierce7, Joe Tirado1, Aidan Voon1, and Timothy J. Wagner7 Patricia A. Cleary et al.
  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, Eau-Claire, WI, 54701, USA
  • 2Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA
  • 3Physical Sciences Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO, 80305, USA
  • 4Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA
  • 5School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 47907, USA
  • 6Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA
  • 7Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, 53706, USA

Abstract. The meso-scale meteorology of lake breezes along Lake Michigan impacts local observations of high ozone events. Previous manned aircraft and UAS observations have demonstrated non-uniform ozone concentrations within and above the marine layer over water and within shoreline environments. During the 2021 Wisconsin’s Dynamic Influence of Shoreline Circulations on Ozone (WiscoDISCO-21) campaign, two UAS platforms, a fixed-wing (University of Colorado RAAVEN) and a multirotor (Purdue University DJI M210), were used simultaneously to capture lake breeze during forecasted high ozone events at Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area in southeastern Wisconsin from May 21–26, 2021. The RAAVEN platform (data DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5142491) measured temperature, humidity, and 3-D winds during 2-hour flights following two separate flight patterns up to 3 times per day at altitudes reaching 500 m above ground level. The M210 platform (data DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5160346) measured vertical profiles of temperature, humidity and ozone during 15-minute flights up to 6 times per day at altitudes reaching 120 m above ground level (AGL) near to a WI-DNR ground monitoring station (AIRS ID: 55-059-0019). This campaign was conducted in conjunction with the Enhanced Ozone Monitoring plan from WI-DNR that included Doppler lidar wind profiler observations at the site (data DOI:10.5281/zenodo.5213039).

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Data sets

CU RAAVEN data for WiscoDISCO21 de Boer, Gijs; Borenstein, Steven; Hamilton, Jonathan; Rhodes, Michael; Choate, Christopher; Cleary, Patricia

UW-Madison SSEC Lidar Wind Profiler for WiscoDISCO 21 Patricia Cleary; Timothy J. Wagner; R. Bradley Pierce

UWEC and Purdue M210 Data for WiscoDISCO21 Cleary, Patricia; Hupy, Joeseph; Kies, Benjamin; Tirado, Joe; Voon, Aidan

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Short summary
A field campaign, WiscoDISCO-21 was conducted at the shoreline of Lake Michigan to better understand the role of marine air on pollutants. Two uncrewed aircraft systems were equipped with sensors to meteorological variables and ozone. A Doppler lidar instrument at a ground station measured horizontal and vertical wins. The overlap of observations from multiple instruments allowed for a unique mapping of the meteorology and pollutants as a marine air mass moved over land.