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UAS Papers and Reports

UAS Publications

Global Observing Network

A Global Profiling System for Improved Weather and Climate Prediction. Alexander E. MacDonald, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 2005 (external link)

From the Archive -The Global Hawk Tropical Tropopause Experiment (GHATTEX): Exploring the tropical tropopause region of the Pacific Ocean with the Global Hawk UAV platform (.pdf)


For a description of Global Hawk and the GHATTEX proposal please see:

"Global Hawk - A New Tool for Airborne Remote Sensing by Greg Loegering of Northrop Grumman Corporation, San Diego, CA as presented at AIAA's 1st Technical Conference and Workshop on Unmanned Aerospace Vehicles 20-23 May 2002, Portsmouth, Virginia

See: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Publications and Papers: AIAA 2002-3458 at
(Publisher charges a fee to download the file)

Altair Unmanned Aircraft System Achieves Demonstration Goals - An edited version of this paper was published by AGU. Copyright 2006, American Geophysical Union: David W. Fahey, James H. Churnside, James W. Elkins, Albin J. Gasiewski, Karen H. Rosenlof, Sara Summers, Michael Aslaksen, Todd A. Jacobs, Jon D. Sellars, Christopher D. Jennison, Lawrence C. Freudinger, and Michael Cooper, (2006), Altair Unmanned Aircraft System Achieves Demonstration Goals, EOS Trans. AGU Vol.87,  No. 20, pp197 & 201.

> Read the unformatted version (.pdf)



UAS Workshop Reports

Duke University Marine Laboratory Workshop Report - (June 2015)
NOAA and Duke University workshop held in Beaufort, North Carolina.
→ Duke Meeting Summary

The NOAA-Environment Canada UAS Arctic Scoping Workshop - (September 2012)
21 experts from Canada and the US met in Boulder, September 25-26 to share information on the civil applications of UAS for environmental research and operations, and to identify collaborative projects for the coming years.

Workshop for Optimal Unmanned Aircraft Systems River Observing Strategy - (February 2012)
NOAA and the Mississippi State University collaborated on a three-day workshop held in Boulder, CO.
See the Agenda with links to presentations.