As part of the research, drones are outfitted with meteorological instruments called anemometers that can detect and measure humidity, temperature, pressure, and wind speed as thunderstorms form. That helps research more effectively monitor the timing and location of convective cells which further helps scientists forecast flash floods and severe thunderstorm events that impact the region.
“This was a very complex operation involving four multi-rotor unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a fixed-wing UAS, manned aircraft, along with multiple weather balloon launches and a sophisticated distributed ground sensor network,” said Dr. Kevin Adkins, Associate Professor in the College of Aviation, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus, who is one of the lead investigators conducting field campaigns in Arizona and New Mexico this year. “The unmanned aircraft allowed us to investigate the unique weather phenomenon present during the monsoon season at a finer spatial and temporal scale than had ever been done before.”
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