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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 2061–2076, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-2061-2022
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 2061–2076, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-2061-2022
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05 Apr 2022
Research article | 05 Apr 2022

Simulation and field campaign evaluation of an optical particle counter on a fixed-wing UAV

Joseph Girdwood et al.

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UAVs have great potential to be used for airborne measurements of cloud and aerosol properties, which are of particular importance due to the largely uncharacterised nature of such phenomena. However, since UAVs are a new tool in atmospheric physics expensive platform validation and characterisation of UAV-instrument combinations needs to be performed. This paper presents an evaluation of a fixed-wing UAV in combination with an instrument that measures cloud droplet diameter.