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dc.contributor.supervisor Hugenholtz, Chris H.
dc.contributor.supervisor Peddle, Derek Roland
dc.contributor.author Riddell, Kevin Donald Alexander
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-13T14:39:39Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-13T14:39:39Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05-13
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3416
dc.description.abstract The atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) is the layer of air directly influenced by the Earth’s surface and is the layer of the atmosphere most important to humans as this is the air we live in. Methods for measuring the properties of the ABL include three general approaches: satellite-based, ground- based and airborne. A major research challenge is that many contemporary methods provide a restricted spatial resolution or coverage of variations of ABL properties such as how wind speed varies across a landscape with complex topography. To enhance our capacity to measure the properties of the ABL, this thesis presents a new technique that involves a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) equipped with a customized payload for measuring wind speed and particulate matter. The research presented herein outlines two key phases in establishing the proof-of-concept of the payload and its integration on the sUAS: (1) design and testing and (2) field demonstration. The first project focuses on measuring wind speed, which has been measured with fixed wing sUASs in previous research, but not with a helicopter sUAS. The second project focuses on the measurement of particulate matter, which is a major air pollutant typically measured with ground- based sensors. Results from both proof-of-concept projects suggest that ABL research could benefit from the proposed techniques. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.subject Boundary layer (Meteorology) -- Measurement
dc.subject Boundary layer (Meteorology) -- Remote sensing
dc.subject Drone aircraft -- Research
dc.subject Winds -- Speed -- Remote sensing
dc.subject Air -- Pollution -- Remote sensing
dc.subject Meteorological instruments
dc.subject Aeronautics in meteorology
dc.subject Helicopters -- Design and construction
dc.subject Vehicles, Remotely piloted
dc.subject Remote sensing -- Equipment and supplies
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic
dc.subject Electronic dissertatons
dc.title Design, testing and demonstration of a small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) and payload for measuring wind speed and particulate matter in the atmospheric boundary layer en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Geography en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0725 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0799 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0608 en_US
dc.proquestyes Yes en_US


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