Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 2833–2848, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-2833-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 2833–2848, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-2833-2020

Research article 29 May 2020

Research article | 29 May 2020

The CopterSonde: an insight into the development of a smart unmanned aircraft system for atmospheric boundary layer research

Antonio R. Segales et al.

Model code and software

oucass/CASS-ardupilot: CASSv1.5.1-Copter-3.6.11 A. R. Segales, A. Tridgell, R. Mackay, P. Barker, L. D. Marchi, WickedShell, P. Riseborough, T. Pittenger, Jason4short, P. Kancir, Jschall, G. J. de Sousa, L. Hall, M. Oborne, J. Walser, P. Hickey, A. Lucas, R. Lefebvre, S. B. Purohit, F. Ferreira, M. Katsutoshi, C. M. de Oliveira Filho, G. Staroselskii, G. Morphett, M. Denecke, E. Shamaev, J. Beraud, R. Jehangir, P. Hall, J. Goppert, and V. M. Vilches https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3494656

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The CopterSonde is an unmanned aircraft system designed with the purpose of sampling thermodynamic and kinematic parameters of the lower Earth's atmosphere, with a focus on vertical profiles in the planetary boundary layer. By incorporating adaptive sampling techniques and optimizing the sensor placement, our study shows that CopterSonde can provide similar information as a radiosonde, but with more control of its sampling location at much higher temporal and spatial resolution.