As with past ISARRA conferences, we will be holding a flight week to allow participants to share their platforms and sensors with the community and to demonstrate the powerful perspectives provided by UAS. This flight week, scheduled for 14-21 July and entitled "Lower Atmospheric Process Studies at Elevation - a Remotely-piloted Aircraft Team Experiment (LAPSE-RATE)", will occur in Colorado's San Luis Valley, a high-altitude valley that includes farmland, grassland, rivers and sand dunes and is surrounded by tall mountain peaks. This environment should provide a variety of interesting sampling opportunities related to boundary layer structure and development and its connection to complex terrain, convective initiation, aerosol properties, surface fluxes and more.
The San Luis Valley provides a good combination of an interesting sampling environment, a good road system, lodging options and support of UAS activities. It also offers participants an opportunity to operate in an environment that is relatively unique to Colorado and the US mountain west.
We have obtained limited funding to support travel related to participation in this activity. Additionally, we are working to include deployment of surface-based instrumentation. Because of the type of coordination required to conduct a field campaign including UAS, any parties interested in participating in the flight week are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible to move the planning process forward.
Flight Week Lodging
We have set up dedicated room blocks at two hotels in Alamosa. Flight week participants are encouraged to contact these hotels directly in order to reserve their rooms for the campaign. Note that Alamosa is centrally located and has a variety of restaurants, stores and other facilities that are more difficult to find throughout much of the rest of the valley. Additionally, daily briefings will take place either in Alamosa or at Leach Field and participants are expected to attend these briefings to coordinate daily activities.
Th room blocks are available at the Hampton Inn (+1-719-480-6023, extension 0) for $152/night and the Fairfield Inn (+1-719-587-4000) for $159/night. Please call the hotels directly and reserve a room under the "ISARRA" block. Note that rooms are limited and that these rates are only guaranteed until mid-June. Therefore, please make your reservations as soon as possible!