Accession Number : ADA330990

Title :   The Generation and Characterization of Surf Zone Aerosols and Their Impact on Naval Electro-Optical Systems

Descriptive Note : Master thesis

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Kiser, Robert E.

PDF Url : ADA330990

Report Date : MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 75

Abstract : Aerosols are generated within the surf zone by the breaking of waves along the beachfront. The concentration of aerosols, size and structure of these plumes are impacted by the air/sea temperature differences, breaker type and local winds. During the EOPACE 1 surf experiment at Lalolla, CA, it was observed that under light wind conditions, standing aerosol plumes would develop to heights of 31 meters. Concurrently, transmittance at FLIR wavelengths would be degraded up to 35%. Similar aerosol plume structures were observed during EOPACE II at Moss Landing, CA. These results are used to characterize and forecast standing plume conditions that may impact Electro-Optical transmission.

Descriptors :   *AEROSOLS, *ELECTROOPTICS, *SURF, OPTICAL RADAR, FORWARD LOOKING INFRARED SYSTEMS, OCEAN SURFACE, THESES, TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS, INFRARED DETECTORS, WIND VELOCITY, COASTAL ENGINEERING, AIR WATER INTERACTIONS, OCEAN TIDES.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
      Infrared Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE