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team of researchers discussing UAS operations - A team of CASS researchers discussing a plan for the next morning's observations in a makeshift engineering laboratory during a field deployment to San Luis Valley, CO as a part of the LAPSE-RATE campaign in July 2018.
A team of CASS researchers discussing a plan for the next morning's observations in a makeshift engineering laboratory during a field deployment to San Luis Valley, CO as a part of the LAPSE-RATE campaign in July 2018.

Research

Research in the Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling focuses on utilizing uncrewed systems in the air, on the ground, and in the water to better understand the environment in which we live. We conduct both fundamental and applied research that primarily focuses on the planetary boundary layer (PBL) and the other systems coupled to it via land-atmosphere exchange such as the biosphere and hydrosphere. This region of the environment has historically been under sampled and represents a significant data gap that we believe can be filled with observations collected by uncrewed systems in remote locations, rugged, and difficult conditions, or in places conventional measurement strategies do not work or are not feasible. Our projects can be quite diverse and examine topics including watersheds and river systems to variations in atmospheric chemical composition and aerosol distribution to structure of the PBL and its complex dynamics.

Our research focuses are roughly centered around three main nuclei:

And one support nuclei: