Accession Number : ADA330443

Title :   Real-Time Thermal Risk Assessment for the Dismounted Soldier

Descriptive Note : FINAL

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE NM

Personal Author(s) : McWilliams, Gary

PDF Url : ADA330443

Report Date : MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : This report discusses a real-time thermal risk assessment system for the dismounted soldier. This system has been jointly developed by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine. It is capable of providing work-to-rest ratios, water consumption requirements, and cold survival times that can be used to help prevent soldiers from becoming hyperthermic or hypothermic. The information can be generated over a region the size of a battlefield. The system is comprised of three primary software modules. One module generates high-resolution gridded weather data from any point measurement data available in the region of interest. The other two modules calculate the heat strain and cold survivability parameters. They require the gridded weather data and the data related to the soldier's physical condition, clothing, and activity levels as input. The system is currently undergoing operational test and evaluation at Camp James E. Rudder on Elgin Air Force Base, FL.

Descriptors :   *THERMAL PROPERTIES, *REAL TIME, *ARMY PERSONNEL, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, ENVIRONMENTS, ARMY RESEARCH, RISK, SURVIVABILITY, BATTLEFIELDS, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, HIGH RESOLUTION, METEOROLOGICAL DATA, MILITARY MEDICINE, HOT WEATHER, CLOTHING, COLD WEATHER, HYPERTHERMIA, HYPOTHERMIA.

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology
      Computer Systems
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE