Special Issue "Applications of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marcelo I. Guzman

Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, United States
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Interests: environmental photochemistry; interfacial oxidations; environmental monitoring; prebiotic chemistry; photocatalytic CO2 reduction; environmental chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Atmosphere focuses on recent developments and applications of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for atmospheric chemistry and physics measurements. Priority will be given to articles that combine chemical, physical and meteorological measurements performed in recent field campaigns (e.g., the 2018 LAPSE-RATE campaign) but other related works will be considered. Researchers should aim to describe the latest developments in autonomous systems and the atmospheric measurements during the operations of such systems. While broad in scope, the manuscripts are expected to report the operation of UAS platforms with onboard systems that provide useful atmospheric data. The vision of this Special Issue is to provide the newest collection of articles to guide future research and motivate measurements that will increase our understanding of the atmosphere.

Prof. Marcelo Guzman
Guest Editor

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Monitoring Tropospheric Gases with Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) during the Second CLOUDMAP Flight Campaign
Atmosphere 2019, 10(8), 434; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos10080434
Received: 11 July 2019 / Revised: 23 July 2019 / Accepted: 25 July 2019 / Published: 27 July 2019
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Abstract
Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) are a promising technology for atmospheric monitoring of trace atmospheric gases. While sUAS can be navigated to provide information with higher spatiotemporal resolution than tethered balloons, they can also bridge the gap between the regions of the atmospheric [...] Read more.
Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) are a promising technology for atmospheric monitoring of trace atmospheric gases. While sUAS can be navigated to provide information with higher spatiotemporal resolution than tethered balloons, they can also bridge the gap between the regions of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) sampled by ground stations and manned aircraft. Additionally, sUAS can be effectively employed in the petroleum industry, e.g., to constrain leaking regions of hydrocarbons from long gasoducts. Herein, sUAS are demonstrated to be a valuable technology for studying the concentration of important trace tropospheric gases in the ABL. The successful detection and quantification of gases is performed with lightweight sensor packages of low-power consumption that possess limits of detection on the ppm scale or below with reasonably fast response times. The datasets reported include timestamps with position, temperature, relative humidity, pressure, and variable mixing ratio values of ~400 ppm CO2, ~1900 ppb CH4, and ~5.5 ppb NH3. The sensor packages were deployed aboard two different sUAS operating simultaneously during the second CLOUDMAP flight campaign in Oklahoma, held during 26–29 June 2017. A Skywalker X8 fixed wing aircraft was used to fly horizontally at a constant altitude, while vertical profiles were provided by a DJI Phantom 3 (DJI P3) quadcopter flying upward and downward at fixed latitude-longitude coordinates. The results presented have been gathered during 8 experiments consisting of 32 simultaneous flights with both sUAS, which have been authorized by the United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) under the current regulations (Part 107). In conclusion, this work serves as proof of concept showing the atmospheric value of information provided by the developed sensor systems aboard sUAS. Full article
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