Special Issue "Atmospheric Measurements Using Unmanned Systems"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Atmospheric Techniques, Instruments, and Modeling".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Peter Webley
Guest Editor
Geophysical Institute, 903 Koyukuk Drive, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320, USA
Interests: remote sensing natural hazard assessment, aerosol dispersion modeling, advanced visualization of natural hazards, scenario planning for potential impact from volcanic events, uncertainty analysis applied to natural hazards, real-time event detection methodologies from satellite remote sensing
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Dr. Pablo Rodríguez-Gonzálvez

Guest Editor
Dr. Richard Hann
Guest Editor
Department of Engineering Cybernetics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
Interests: atmospheric icing; drones; remote sensing; photogrammetry; wind estimation; meteorology; cryosphere; Svalbard; computational fluid dynamics
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Prof. Jamey Jacob
Guest Editor
Unmanned Systems Research Institute, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
Interests: in situ and remote sensing with UAS; ABL observations; unmanned traffic management; real-time atmospheric observations and reporting; weather hazards for UAS; natural hazard measurement, assessment, and mitigation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The opportunities that unmanned systems provide to collect real-time observations of the atmosphere are growing. Both small and large unmanned systems have been developed to support atmospheric scientific research as well as operational monitoring for decision support systems. Large-scale systems can provide critical timely observations of the atmosphere during significant events such as hurricanes and severe storms, while small innovative unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can be adapted to include high-precision sensors to collect high-frequency measurements of the atmosphere, which was not possible with previous sensor systems.

This Special Issue is addressed to the two communities of Atmosphere and Drones. We are interested in papers that focus on all aspects of the application of unmanned systems for atmospheric measurements. These include, but are not limited to, experimental campaigns highlighting the testing and evaluation of new sensors, the development of new aircraft to specifically support collected atmospheric observations, new data-processing and collection methodologies using large and/or small unmanned systems, and lessons learned/best practices to integrate unmanned systems into atmospheric-monitoring decision support systems.

We look forward to your submissions and to achieving a Special Issue representing the growing community of scientists involved in atmospheric science measurements and observations using these innovative unmanned systems.


Dr. Peter Webley
Prof. Dr. Diego González-Aguilera
Dr. Pablo Rodriguez-Gonzálvez
Dr. Richard Hann 
Prof. Jamey Jacob
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Atmosphere is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Unmanned Aircraft System(s) (UAS)
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(s) (UAV)
  • Drones
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Intelligence
  • Atmospheric Observations
  • Field Measurements

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