Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 521–536, 2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 521–536, 2020

Research article 07 Feb 2020

Research article | 07 Feb 2020

Wind sensing with drone-mounted wind lidars: proof of concept

Nikola Vasiljević et al.

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In this paper we present the preliminary results of the proof-of-concept (POC) stage of a drone-based wind lidar system development process. To test the POC drone–lidar system we hovered the drone next to mast-mounted sonic anemometers at the Risø test center. The preliminary results of the intercomparison between the measurements derived from the POC system and those of the sonic anemometers show good agreement.