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U.S. Army atmospheric profiler research facility: a preliminary view
Author(s): John R. Hines; Frank D. Eaton; William H. Hatch; Scott McLaughlin
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Army Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory has established a unique atmospheric research facility at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), New Mexico. The Atmospheric Profiler Research Facility (APRF) monitors three primary atmospheric parameters: wind (speed and direction), refractive index structure parameter C-squared(n), and ambient temperature. The APRF includes a suite of high-performance (temporal and spatial resolution) phased-array, multiple reflector, and multiple aperture type atmospheric profilers. Specialized and standard surface and balloon-borne instrumentation are deployed to provide local ground truth, comparison, and calibration data. The Facility achieves a high-resolution height coverage to about 20 km. The products of the APRF support research applications, including research and development testbed analyses, imaging and propagation system design and testing, meteorological and earth-observation satellite ground comparison, and environmental forecasting improvement at WSMR. The design and capabilities of the APRF are described. Preliminary measured and derived atmospheric parameters as well as initial comparisons are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1688, Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing, (1 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137888
Show Author Affiliations
John R. Hines, U.S. Army Atmospheric Sciences Lab. (United States)
Frank D. Eaton, U.S. Army Atmospheric Sciences Lab. (United States)
William H. Hatch, U.S. Army Atmospheric Sciences Lab. (United States)
Scott McLaughlin, U.S. Army (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1688:
Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing
Anton Kohnle; Walter B. Miller, Editor(s)

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