Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute; Ministery Of Infrastructure And The Environment

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Opportunistic sensing with recreational hot-air balloon flights
2020
by E.I.F. de Bruijn (KNMI), F.C. Bosveld (KNMI), S. de Haan (KNMI), A.A.M. Holtslag (WUR Wageningen),

We report about a new third party observation, namely wind measurements derived from Hot-Air Balloon (HAB) tracks. At first we compare the HAB
winds with wind measurements from a meteorological tower and a radio acoustic wind profiler, both situated at the topographically flat Cabauw observatory in the Netherlands. To explore the potential of this new type of wind observation in other topographies, we present an intriguing HAB flight in Austria with a spectacular mountain-valley circulation. Subsequently, we compare the HAB data with a Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) model during 2011-2013 and the standard deviation of the wind speed is 2.3 m/s.
Finally, we show results from a data-assimilation feasibility experiment that reveals that HAB wind information can have a positive impact on a hindcasted NWP trajectory.

Bibliographic data
Bruijn, E.I.F. de, F.C. Bosveld, S. de Haan and A.A.M. Holtslag, Opportunistic sensing with recreational hot-air balloon flights
accepted, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 2020.
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