Articles | Volume 13, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1989–1999, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1989-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1989–1999, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1989-2020
Research article
21 Apr 2020
Research article | 21 Apr 2020

On the estimation of vertical air velocity and detection of atmospheric turbulence from the ascent rate of balloon soundings

Hubert Luce and Hiroyuki Hashiguchi

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Vertical ascent rate Vb of meteorological balloons is sometimes used for retrieving vertical air velocity, an important parameter for meteorological applications. Comparisons with concurrent radar and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) measurements of atmospheric turbulence showed that Vb can be increased in turbulent layers due to the probable decrease in the drag coefficient of the balloon. We conclude that Vb can also potentially be used for the detection of atmospheric turbulence.