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https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2022-73
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2022-73
 
21 Mar 2022
21 Mar 2022
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Observational data from uncrewed systems over Southern Great Plains

Fan Mei1, Mikhail Pekour1, Darielle Dexheimer2, Gijs de Boer3,4,5, RaeAnn Cook2, Jason Tomlinson1, Beat Schmid1, Lexie Goldberger1, Rob Newsom1, and Jerome Fast1 Fan Mei et al.
  • 1Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, 99352, USA
  • 2Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, 87185, USA
  • 3Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA
  • 4NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory, Boulder, CO, 80305, USA
  • 5Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA

Abstract. Uncrewed Systems (UxS), including uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) and tethered balloon/kite systems (TBS), are significantly expanding observational capabilities in atmospheric science. Rapid adaptation of these platforms and the advancement of miniaturized instruments have resulted in an expanding number of data sets captured under various environmental conditions by the Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility. In 2021, observational data collected using ARM UxS platforms, including seven TigerShark UAS flights and 133 tethered balloon system (TBS) flights, were archived by the ARM Data Center (https://adc.arm.gov/discovery/#/) and made publicly available at no cost for all registered users (https://www.doi.org/10.5439/1846798) (Mei and Dexheimer, 2022). Note that a specific directory has been created for the anonymous reviewer to access the data at https://adc.arm.gov/essd/. These data streams provide new perspectives on spatial variability of atmospheric and surface parameters, helping to address critical science questions in Earth system science research. This manuscript describes the DOE UAS/TBS datasets, including information on the acquisition, collection, and quality control processes, and highlights the potential scientific contributions using UAS and TBS platforms.

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This work focuses on an expanding number of data sets observed using ARM TBS (133 flights) and UAS (7 flights) platforms by the Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility. These data streams provide new perspectives on spatial variability of atmospheric and surface parameters, helping to address critical science questions in Earth system science research, such as the aerosol-cloud interaction in the boundary layer.