University of Colorado and Black Swift Technologies RPAS-based measurements of the lower atmosphere during LAPSE-RATE Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract. Between 14 and 20 July 2018, small remotely-piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) were deployed to the San Luis Valley of Colorado (USA) together with a variety of surface-based remote and in-situ sensors, and radiosonde systems as part of the Lower Atmospheric Profiling Studies at Elevation – a Remotely-piloted Aircraft Team Experiment (LAPSE-RATE). The observations from LAPSE-RATE were aimed at improving our understanding of boundary layer structure, cloud and aerosol properties and surface-atmosphere exchange, and provide detailed information to support model evaluation and improvement work. The current manuscript describes the observations obtained using four different types of RPAS deployed by the University of Colorado Boulder and Black Swift Technologies. These included the DataHawk2, the Talon and the TTwistor (U. of Colorado) and the S1 (Black Swift Technologies). Together, these aircraft collected over 30 hours of data throughout the northern half of the San Luis Valley, sampling altitudes between the surface and 914 m AGL. Data from these platforms are publicly available through the Zenodo archive, and are co-located with other LAPSE-RATE data as part of the Zenodo LAPSE-RATE community ( The primary DOIs for these datasets are (DataHawk2, de Boer et al., 2020a), (Talon, de Boer et al., 2020b), (TTWISTOR, de Boer et al., 2020c), and (S1, Elston and Stachura, 2020).;

publication date

  • December 7, 2020

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Date in CU Experts

  • January 6, 2021 11:05 AM

Full Author List

  • de Boer G; Dixon C; Borenstein S; Lawrence DA; Elston J; Hesselius D; Stachura M; Laurence III R; Swenson S; Choate CM

author count

  • 17

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