Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Research article
26 May 2021
Research article |  | 26 May 2021

Distributed wind measurements with multiple quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicles in the atmospheric boundary layer

Tamino Wetz, Norman Wildmann, and Frank Beyrich


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on amt-2020-471', Anonymous Referee #1, 25 Feb 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Tamino Wetz, 29 Mar 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on amt-2020-471', Anonymous Referee #2, 01 Mar 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Tamino Wetz, 29 Mar 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Tamino Wetz on behalf of the Authors (30 Mar 2021)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (01 Apr 2021) by Ulla Wandinger
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (19 Apr 2021)
ED: Publish as is (22 Apr 2021) by Ulla Wandinger
AR by Tamino Wetz on behalf of the Authors (22 Apr 2021)
Short summary
A fleet of quadrotors is presented as a system to measure the spatial distribution of atmospheric boundary layer flow. The big advantage of this approach is that multiple and flexible measurement points in space can be sampled synchronously. The algorithm to calculate the horizontal wind is based on the principle of aerodynamic drag and the related quadrotor dynamics. The validation reveals that an average accuracy of < 0.3 m s−1 for the wind speed and < 8° for the wind direction was achieved.