Accession Number : ADA299543

Title :   Passive Remote Sensing of Meteorological Parameters.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : GEODYNAMICS CORP COLORADO SPRINGS CO

Personal Author(s) : Koepsell, Royal W. ; Cramer, George L. ; Ambrosich, Karen L. ; Colarco, Linda I.

PDF Url : ADA299543

Report Date : 28 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 212

Abstract : This document presents the results of a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) initiative that examined possible sensing, communications and processing systems that could more adequately meet the extreme meteorological requirements of Special Operations Forces. The SBIR focused on the engineering feasibility and near term (1995-97) availability of these components to meet the operational realities and data requirements imposed by Special Operations requirements. The scope of the study was to examine systems that could augment the existing meteorological architectures and provide in theater sensing and processing capabilities to the already robust global weather distribution systems. The study focused on the satisfaction of mesoscale time and space meteorological requirements. The SBIR concluded that components exist over the next two years that could be integrated to provide enhanced meteorological support. The major obstacles to improved performance are data density in time and space, communication of data to a processing system and the speed and size of processing systems to operate at Theater levels. The function of assimilation and integration into forecast mesoscale models is proposed for theater level application. Output of gridded model parameters, as well as real-time sensor and satellite data, is proposed as a means of providing a more continuous and timely view of the battlefield environment. The gridded output would be transmitted to deployed forces for display via a "weather effects" system.

Descriptors :   *METEOROLOGICAL DATA, *WEATHER FORECASTING, *METEOROLOGICAL PHENOMENA, DATA PROCESSING, DENSITY, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, BATTLEFIELDS, ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE, COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, TURBULENCE, RADAR, METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, REMOTE DETECTORS, VISIBILITY, WIND DIRECTION, DATA ACQUISITION, DATA STORAGE SYSTEMS, WIND VELOCITY, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, TELEMETERING DATA, BAROMETRIC PRESSURE, SALINITY, SPECIAL FORCES, CLOUD COVER, HUMIDITY, SYNCHRONOUS SATELLITES, DEW POINT.

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE