Accession Number : ADA320663

Title :   Global Weather Awareness,

Corporate Author : PHILLIPS LAB HANSCOM AFB MA

Personal Author(s) : McClatchey, Robert A. ; Greenwood, Darryl P.

PDF Url : ADA320663

Report Date : 11 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : The meteorological needs of the military include but go well beyond the civilian scope because of a requirement to operate globally - anywhere and anytime - and over very specific sites, often in poor visibility conditions. To complicate matters, areas of interest to the military are often access-denied, thus emphasizing remote sensing (satellite-, aircraft-, and ground-based). The Air Force, by the very nature of its mission, needs to know weather information in areas where such information is the most difficult to obtain. Despite the added difficulties, the need for global three-dimensional observations is common to both the military and civilian worlds of meteorology; thus the Defense and Commerce Departments have started collaborating to converge the Air Force's DMSP (Defense Meteorological Satellite Program) and NOAA's Polar Satellites into one satellite system for the future. The first NPOESS satellite is slated for launch in 2008, but many technologies needed to meet the baseline requirements are not yet here (Example: active sensing technology, using lasers to provide better information on winds and aerosols, and microwave sources to provide better information on dense aerosols, including clouds).

Descriptors :   *MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, *WEATHER FORECASTING, GLOBAL, METEOROLOGICAL DATA, METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES, SURVEYS, UNMANNED, METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS, TIMELINESS, REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE