Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3855–3872, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3855-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3855–3872, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3855-2020

Research article 16 Jul 2020

Research article | 16 Jul 2020

Confronting the boundary layer data gap: evaluating new and existing methodologies of probing the lower atmosphere

Tyler M. Bell et al.

Data sets

OU/NSSL CLAMPS Microwave Radiometer and Surface Meteorological Data from LAPSE-RATE T. Bell, P. Klein, and D. Turner https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3780593

OU/NSSL CLAMPS Doppler Lidar Data from LAPSE-RATE T. Bell and P. Klein https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3780623

OU/NSSL CLAMPS AERIoe Temperature and Water Vapor Profile Data from LAPSE-RATE T. Bell, P. Klein, and D. Turner https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3727224

University of Oklahoma CopterSonde Files from LAPSE-RATE B. R. Greene, T. M. Bell, E. A. Pillar-Little, A. R. Segales, G. Britto Hupsel de Azevedo, W. Doyle, D. D. Tripp, S. T. Kanneganti, and P. B. Chilson https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3737087

National Severe Storms Laboratory Mobile Soundings during Lapse-Rate (CLAMPS trailer) S. Waugh https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3720444

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Short summary
It is well known that the atmospheric boundary layer is under-sampled in the vertical dimension. Recently, weather-sensing uncrewed aerial systems (WxUAS) have created new opportunities to sample this region of the atmosphere. This study compares a WxUAS developed at the University of Oklahoma to ground-based remote sensing and radiosondes. We find that overall the systems generally agreed well both thermodynamically and kinematically. However, there is still room to improve each system.