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The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and Severe Storms Research Group (USSRG) is a consortium of public and private sector collaborators led by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the University of Colorado Boulder. USSRG aims to bring together collaborators from universities, federal laboratories, the private sector, and others who share a vision of bringing UAS to bear on the study of severe storms.

About the Group Leaders

The collaborative team leading USSRG is composed of the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB, Dr. Brian Argrow) and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL, Dr. Adam Houston). For nearly a decade, the UCB–UNL team has developed solutions to the scientific and technological challenges involved in using UAS to study severe storms. Their successes have included:

  • the first direct sampling of a terrestrial mesoscale phenomenon in the US as part of the Collaborative Colorado-Nebraska UAS Experiment (CoCoNUE) in 2009
  • the first intercept of a supercell thunderstorm by a UAS in May 2010 during the second Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment (VORTEX2)
  • the first ever sampling of a supercell rear flank internal surge by a UAS in June 2010 during VORTEX2
  • the first simultaneous multi-UAS direct sampling of a thunderstorm outflow during the Multi-sUAS Evaluation of Techniques for Measurement of Atmospheric Properties (MET-MAP) experiment in 2014


USSRG collaborators have worked with UNL and UCB to advance UAS engineering and atmospheric science to answer questions concerning severe storms that require data collected by UAS.

Center for Severe Weather Research logo
National Severe Storms Laboratory logo
Texas Tech University logo
Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles logo
NOAA-UAS program logo
Black Swift Technologies logo
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Colorado Department of Transportation logo
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science logo
National Center for Atmospheric Research logo
University of Nebraska Public Policy Center logo
Colorado State University logo
Rasmussen Systems logo
Jonathan Merage Foundation logo
Oklahoma State University logo
UNL Nimbus Lab logo
University of Oklahoma logo
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UAS Colorado logo
Rocky Mountain UAS logo
Texas A&M University logo
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