Data Generated During the 2018 LAPSE-RATE Campaign: An Introduction and Overview

Gijs de Boer, Adam Houston, Jamey Jacob, Phillip Chilson, Suzanne Smith, Brian Argrow, Dale Lawrence, Jack Elston, David Brus, Osku Kemppinen, Petra Klein, Julie Lundquist, Sean Waugh, Sean Bailey, Amy Frazier, Michael Sama, Christopher Crick, David Schmale III, James Pinto, Elizabeth Pillar-LittleVictoria Natalie, Anders Jensen

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Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) offer innovative capabilities for providing new perspectives on the atmosphere, and therefore atmospheric scientists are rapidly expanding their use, particularly for studying the planetary boundary layer. In support of this expansion, from 14–20 July 2018 the International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely-piloted Aircraft (ISARRA) hosted a community flight week, dubbed the Lower Atmospheric Profiling Studies at Elevation – a Remotely-piloted Aircraft Team Experiment (LAPSE-RATE, de Boer et al., 2020a). This field campaign spanned a one-week deployment to Colorado’s San Luis Valley, involving over 100 students, scientists, engineers, pilots, and outreach coordinators. These groups conducted intensive field operations using unmanned aircraft and ground-based assets to develop comprehensive datasets spanning a variety of scientific objectives, including a total of nearly 1300 research flights totaling over 250 flight hours. This article introduces this campaign and lays the groundwork for a special issue on the LAPSE-RATE project. The remainder of the special issue provides detailed overviews of the datasets collected and the platforms used to collect them. All of the datasets covered by this special issue have been uploaded to a LAPSE-RATE community set up at the Zenodo data archive (
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3357-3366
Number of pages10
JournalEarth System Science Data
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5000-76728


  • dataset
  • UAS
  • unmanned aircraft system


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