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Opportunity at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Novel Measurements of Boundary-Layer Processes and Surface-Atmosphere Exchange using Small uncrewed aircraft systems (sUAS)

Location

Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Air Resources Laboratory

RO# Location
26.04.79.C0680 Oak Ridge, TN 378312456

Advisers

name email phone
Myles, LaToya latoya.myles@noaa.gov 865.264.9561
Saylor, Rick Davis rick.saylor@noaa.gov 678.984.4373

Description

Accurate observations of atmospheric turbulence and surface-atmosphere exchange of energy and chemical compounds are critical to further the science of atmospheric boundary layers and thereby improve weather, climate and air quality forecasts. Small uncrewed aircraft systems (sUAS) can be used to observe boundary-layer (mixing) depth, winds, and a variety of meteorological and chemical parameters over both terrestrial and aquatic surfaces. Research opportunities will be targeted to (1) development of instrument packages and sensors to observe lower atmospheric processes and surface-atmosphere exchange, (2) evaluation and development of analytical tools using these measurements, and (3) comparisons of sUAS and ground-based observations over various terrain and ecosystem types.

References

Lee, T. R., Dumas, E., Buban, M. S., Baker, C. B., Neuhaus, J., Rogers, M., Chappelle, N., Marwine, C., Swanson, M., Amaral, C., Hall, P. (2019). Improved sampling of the atmospheric boundary layer using small unmanned aircraft systems: results from the Avon Park Experiment. NOAA Tech Memo OAR ARL 279; 22 p., https://doi.org/10.25923/a5kx-ap26. 

McFarquhar, G. M., Smith, E., Pillar-Little, E. A., Brewster, K., Chilson, P. B., Lee, T. R., Waugh, S., Yussouf, N., Wang, X., Xue, M., de Boer, G., Gibbs, J. A., Fiebrich, C., Baker, B., Brotzge, J., Carr, F., Christophersen, H., Fengler, M., Hall, P., Hock, T., Houston, A., Huck, R., Jacob, J., Palmer, R., Quinn, P. K., Wagner, M., Zhang, Y., & Hawk, D. (2020). Current and Future Uses of UAS for Improved Forecasts/Warnings and Scientific Studies,. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101, E1322–E1328, https://doi. org/10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0015.1.

Keywords:
Boundary layer; Fluxes; Turbulence; Thermodynamics; Surface-atmosphere exchange; Uncrewed aircraft systems

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$55,000.00 $2,000.00

Air Resources Laboratory/ATDD, Oak Ridge, TN

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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