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Acoustic atmospheric tomography using multiple unmanned aerial vehicles
Author(s): Anthony Finn; Kevin Rogers; Joshua Meade; Stephen Franklin
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a method for tomographically reconstructing atmospheric temperature profiles and wind velocity fields based on acoustic travel time measurements between two or more Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The technique offers mobility and the capacity to monitor hazardous atmospheric environments, otherwise not justifiable on the basis of cost or risk. Simulations, in which the parametric fields of the atmosphere are modelled as a weighted sum of Radial Basis Functions, demonstrate the technique’s potential performance envelope. The approach also allows local meteorological measurements made at the UAVs to supplement any time delay observations. This increases the accuracy of the technique, which has potential for practical applications in boundary layer meteorology, the theory of atmospheric turbulence, and wave propagation through a turbulent atmosphere.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 October 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9242, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XIX; and Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XVII, 92420Q (17 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2073249
Show Author Affiliations
Anthony Finn, Univ. of South Australia (Australia)
Kevin Rogers, Univ. of South Australia (Australia)
Joshua Meade, Univ. of South Australia (Australia)
Stephen Franklin, Univ. of South Australia (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9242:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XIX; and Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XVII
Adolfo Comerón; Karin Stein; John D. Gonglewski; Evgueni I. Kassianov; Klaus Schäfer; Richard H. Picard, Editor(s)

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