Measurements during windy and rainy weather and occasional sunshine

Third intense measurement campaign (IOP) of 3DO in the cities of Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin

The second winter campaign is going on in Hamburg and Stuttgart, while it is already finished in Berlin. Weather conditions in January were not optimal at all with frequent rain, high wind speeds and low clouds. The last two issues are specifically problematic in operating fixed wings and copters requiring low winds speeds and a certain height of the cloud base to be allowed to fly. Higher wind speeds are also unfavourable during air quality measurements.

Three days were chosen end of January for the IOP in Berlin. Measurements of air quality and meteorological variables were carried out by all of the participating groups during these days. Measurements took again place around the Ernst-Reuter-Platz. But, this time focus of the campaign was laid on the area around Rothenburgstraße in Berlin-Steglitz. The researchers intended to collect data in a more residential zone with a high degree of vegetation. Two different copters were operated in this area by the University of Augsburg and the Leibniz Universität Hannover. They were rising in the air up to about 300 meters. Fixed wings of the University of Augsburg could be seen on the Tempelhofer Feld. Despite unfavourable weather conditions during these three days valuable data could be gained by the participating teams.

The IOP in Hamburg is located in the Hafencity. Measurements are running from mid-January to mid-February and focus on small-scale variability of the wind field. Besides the University of Hamburg, the TU Dresden also takes part in the campaign measuring with a tethered balloon. For further information please click here.

In Stuttgart, basically several institutions recorded the same measurements as in the last winter IOP. Due to the complex terrain Stuttgart is located in, problems with bad air quality are well-known in the city. Focus of the IOP was therefore again laid on thermally induced flow systems and air pollutant distribution. Various air pollutants, particulate matter as well as air temperature, humidity and wind are meassured via vertical and horizontal profile measurements. Measurement instruments are mounted on a bicycle, the cog railway, high buildings and coaches. Additionally radiosondes are used and a tethered balloon rises in the air up to almost 500 m.

Messmast Kopter

Measurements of wind, air temperature,
humidity and radiation on the roof of building AB2 of
the Institute of Ecology.© Chair of Climatology,
Technische Universität Berlin 2018

Hexacopter of the University of Augsburg measuring
wind, air temperature and humidity while flying over
the Institute of Ecology. © Chair of Climatology,
Technische Universität  Berlin 2018
Gleiter Fesselballon

Fixed wing waiting to start the measurement flight
over the Tempelhofer Feld. © Erik Petersen, Institut
für Geographie, Universität Augsburg 2018

Tethered balloon of the IFK of the University of
Stuttgart is prepared to start the measurement flight.
© Abdul Samad, IFK, University of Stuttgart 2018
Ballonflug ballonstart

Searching image - Tethered balloon of the IFK of the
University of Stuttgart far up in the sky. © Abdul
Samad, IFK, University of Stuttgart 2018

Start of a tethered balloon from a roof top during the measurement campaign in Hamburg. © Sarah
Wiesner, Meteorological Institute, Universität Hamburg