To get a better understanding of severe weather, tropical cyclones, winter weather, or the boundary layer interactions, sampling high temporal measurements of the atmospheric thermodynamic state and wind profiles is needed. RaDAPS is packed with 4 main instruments and a 4-m surface station that is designed to gather theses high temporal measurements.
When aquired by SWIRLL in 2011, the 2005 Freightliner was an ambulance. The patient area was redesigned to become the MIPS platform. While sitting in the SWIRLL berm taking continueous measurements, a fire started in the back of the truck after a computer overheated. In 2013, the damaged patient area was removed, a flatbed was added, and the truck became what is now our RaDAPS platform.
RaDAPS has four hydraulic leveling jacks that are used to level the vehicle. As with all of the UAH SWIRLL vehicles, RaDAPS is operated by UAH SWIRLL faculty, staff, and students. Once on site, RaDAPS takes about 15-20 minutes to deploy. RaDAPS is typically operated by 1-2 personnel and is often accompanied by a sounding team that can be used for profile intercomparisons.
Explore each link below to see each instrument that is on RaDAPS, how it works, and what data it gathers: