Atmospheric conditions are a crucial consideration when undertaking any development activities in an area.
To determine temperature, wind velocity and direction, “linear” methods such as radar, lidar or sodar are used. In each of these, atmospheric conditions are calculated at particular points within an area and the values are extrapolated to cover the region.
Such methods however, are incapable of accurately producing a detailed 3D model of atmospheric conditions.
3D atmospheric tomography uses acoustic technology alongside drones to produce an accurate and detailed 3D reconstruction of windflows and temperature in an area.
An array of sensors placed in the area reflect the sound or electromagnetic frequencies emitted by a drone. The reflections are used to reconstruct the speed and direction of wind, and temperature changes within the area.
This technology has significant potential in the energy, agriculture and aviation industries, for example:
UniSA Ventures is seeking partners for co-development and licensing opportunities.