Accession Number : ADA327047

Title :   SERDP: Atmospheric Remote Sensing and Assessment Program - Final Report, Part 1: The Lower Atmosphere.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : SANDIA NATIONAL LABS ALBUQUERQUE NM

Personal Author(s) : Tooman, Tim P.

PDF Url : ADA327047

Report Date : JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 93

Abstract : This report documents work done between FY91 and FY95 for the lower atmospheric portion of the joint Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Remote Sensing and Assessment Program (ARSAP) within the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP). The work focused on (1) developing new measurement capabilities and (2) measuring atmospheric heating in a well defined layer and then relating it to cloud properties and water vapor content. Seven new instruments were developed for use with Unmanned Aerospace Vehicles (UAVs) as the host platform for flux, radiance, cloud, and water vapor measurements. Four major field campaigns were undertaken to use these new as well as existing instruments to make critically needed atmospheric measurements. Scientific results include the profiling of clear sky fluxes from near surface to 14 km and the strong indication of cloudy atmosphere absorption of solar radiation considerably greater than predicted by extant models.

Descriptors :   *CLOUDS, *ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE, *WATER VAPOR, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, AEROSPACE CRAFT, INSTRUMENTATION, ABSORPTION, SOLAR RADIATION, HEAT FLUX, UNMANNED SPACECRAFT.

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE