Meteodrones & MeteoBase

Unique weather data from the planetary boundary layer

Meteodrones & MeteoBase

Unique weather data from the planetary boundary ht

Meteodrones - the mobile weather stations of the future

Until today, existing weather models have had problems to accurately predict local weather phenomena such as fog, high fog and thunderstorms, due to insufficient coverage of measurement data in the mid and lower levels of the atmosphere. Our in-house developed Meteodrones are patented and operated by our drone pilots and offer the innovative possibility to close this data gap. They enable us to perform high-resolution and direct measurements of temperature, humidity and wind for the first time.

Meteodrones - the mobile weather stations of the future

Until today, existing weather models have had problems to accurately predict local weather phenomena such as fog, high fog and thunderstorms, due to insufficient coverage of measurement data in the mid and lower levels of the atmosphere. Our in-house developed Meteodrones are patented and operated by our drone pilots and offer the innovative possibility to close this data gap. They enable us to perform high-resolution and direct measurements of temperature, humidity and wind for the first time.

Weather measurements with a new dimension in precision

Weather measurements with a new dimension in precision

What is Meteodrone-enabled hyperlocal forecasting?

Swiss1K is the weather model from Meteomatics with a resolution of 1 km, which has been successfully delivered to customers for several years. The model is calculated according to a principle that can be applied worldwide. High-resolution forecasts like these present new possibilities especially for the energy and water industry, such as the spatial resolution of precipitation.

In addition to the available national weather models, Meteomatics uses data from the night flights of the Meteodrones. The benefits of these data have already been demonstrated throughout Switzerland. The drone data can be directly integrated into mesoscale models such as MM5 and WRF. To "recycle" existing routines for weather balloon data, a WRF compatible data format is used.

Depending on the topography, the radius of effect of the drone data is about 15 to 50 km, depending on the flight altitude. Existing 4d-nudging or 4d-VAR routines can also use the drone data as initial conditions.

The hyperlocal Swiss1K model with drone data also excels in specific predictions of fog, icing, thunderstorms and lightning for air surveillance. An example of the positive influence of drone data was demonstrated in the DETAF project (Drone Enabled Terminal Airport Forecast) at Zurich Airport.

Morning Fog at Lake Constance 05.04.17, 5Z & 6Z

Morning Fog at Lake Constance 05.04.17, 5Z & 6Z

Waterspouts at Lake Constance 03.09.17

What is Meteodrone-enabled hyperlocal forecasting?

Swiss1K is the weather model from Meteomatics with a resolution of 1 km, which has been successfully delivered to customers for several years. The model is calculated according to a principle that can be applied worldwide. High-resolution forecasts like these present new possibilities especially for the energy and water industry, such as the spatial resolution of precipitation.

In addition to the available national weather models, Meteomatics uses data from the night flights of the Meteodrones. The benefits of these data have already been demonstrated throughout Switzerland. The drone data can be directly integrated into mesoscale models such as MM5 and WRF. To "recycle" existing routines for weather balloon data, a WRF compatible data format is used.

Depending on the topography, the radius of effect of the drone data is about 15 to 50 km, depending on the flight altitude. Existing 4d-nudging or 4d-VAR routines can also use the drone data as initial conditions.

The hyperlocal Swiss1K model with drone data also excels in specific predictions of fog, icing, thunderstorms and lightning for air surveillance. An example of the positive influence of drone data was demonstrated in the DETAF project (Drone Enabled Terminal Airport Forecast) at Zurich Airport.

Morning Fog at Lake Constance 05.04.17, 5Z & 6Z

Morning Fog at Lake Constance 05.04.17, 5Z & 6Z

Waterspouts at Lake Constance 03.09.17

The MeteoBase

Since the start of our operational drone flights in 2016, every flight of the Meteodrone had to be controlled by a pilot. Thus, the development of the MeteoBase was an important step towards nationwide drone operations. The MeteoBase enables the simultaneous remote maintenance of up to 10 different drone systems. It is the "home" of the drone, from which it takes off, lands and charges its battery.
For the first time, a pilot can control several aircrafts flying simultaneously. In 2017 the first prototype of the MeteoBase was developed and tested under real conditions. With the help of the MeteoBase the collection of weather data can be further extended in the future.

The MeteoBase

Since the start of our operational drone flights in 2016, every flight of the Meteodrone had to be controlled by a pilot. Thus, the development of the MeteoBase was an important step towards nationwide drone operations. The MeteoBase enables the simultaneous remote maintenance of up to 10 different drone systems. It is the "home" of the drone, from which it takes off, lands and charges its battery.
For the first time, a pilot can control several aircrafts flying simultaneously. In 2017 the first prototype of the MeteoBase was developed and tested under real conditions. With the help of the MeteoBase the collection of weather data can be further extended in the future.

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