Acta Geophysica

, Volume 60, Issue 5, pp 1454–1473 | Cite as

The Small Unmanned Meteorological Observer SUMO: Recent developments and applications of a micro-UAS for atmospheric boundary layer research

  • Joachim ReuderEmail author
  • Marius O. Jonassen
  • Haraldur Ólafsson


During the last 5 years, the Small Unmanned Meteorological Observer SUMO has been developed as a flexible tool for atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) research to be operated as sounding system for the lowest 4 km of the atmosphere. Recently two main technical improvements have been accomplished. The integration of an inertial measurement unit (IMU) into the Paparazzi autopilot system has expanded the environmental conditions for SUMO operation. The implementation of a 5-hole probe for determining the 3D flow vector with 100 Hz resolution and a faster temperature sensor has enhanced the measurement capabilities.

Results from two recent field campaigns are presented. During the first one, in Denmark, the potential of the system to study the effects of wind turbines on ABL turbulence was shown. During the second one, the BLLAST field campaign at the foothills of the Pyrenees, SUMO data proved to be highly valuable for studying the processes of the afternoon transition of the convective boundary layer.

Key words

atmospheric boundary layer unmanned aircraft system BLLAST field campaign wind farm effect on turbulence morning cooling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Reuder
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marius O. Jonassen
    • 1
  • Haraldur Ólafsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Geophysical InstituteUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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