Mobile measurement techniques for local and micro-scale studies in urban and topo-climatology

Jochen Seidel, Gunnar Ketzler, Benjamin Bechtel, Boris Thies, Andreas Philipp, Jürgen Böhner, Sebastian Egli, Micha Eisele, Felix Herma, Thomas Langkamp, Erik Petersen, Timo Sachsen, Dirk Schlabing, Christoph Schneider


Technical development during the last two decades has brought new potential and new applications for ­mobile measurements. In this paper, we present six case studies where mobile measurement devices were used to acquire data for meteorological and climatological research. Three case studies deal with ground-based mobile measurements – on buses for urban climate measurements and on a vessel on a lake – and three with airborne platforms – on a cable car and on an unmanned aerial vehicle for vertical soundings and on a tethered balloon sonde for cloud physics. For each study, we describe the measurement set-up and address the potential and drawbacks of these applications. At the end, we discuss general aspects related to mobile observations especially concerning the time and space dimension of measurements.


Mobile measurements, planetary boundary layer, urban climatology, atmospheric sounding, ­micro-scale climatology

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