Articles | Volume 14, issue 9
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 6101–6118, 2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 6101–6118, 2021

Research article 16 Sep 2021

Research article | 16 Sep 2021

Characterizing the performance of a POPS miniaturized optical particle counter when operated on a quadcopter drone

Zixia Liu et al.

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This paper first validates the performance of an advanced aerosol observation instrument POPS against a reference instrument and examines any biases introduced by operating it on a quadcopter drone. The results show the POPS performs relatively well on the ground. The impact of the UAV rotors on the POPS is small at low wind speeds, but when operating under higher wind speeds, larger discrepancies occur. It appears that the POPS measures sub-micron aerosol particles more accurately on the UAV.