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Intercomparison of near-surface optical turbulence measurements over four desert terrain paths
Author(s): Gail M. Vaucher; Robert W. Endlich; John W. Raby
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Paper Abstract

A study of optical turbulence measurements at 1 m above ground level over an arid desert terrain was conducted at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, in the spring of 1992. The optical turbulence was characterized by the index of refraction structure function, Cn2, measured directly with scintillometers. Following a side-by-side comparison of the scintillometers along essentially identical 1-km paths, the calibrated sensors were installed along a 3750-m path for this study. The path was segmented into four nearly equal subdivisions, each equipped with a scintillometer transmitter-receiver pair. This paper describes the terrain variation by segment and the local and synoptic weather conditions during the study, and summarizes the observations and correlations drawn from intercomparing the four simultaneously sampled scintillometer measurements acquired along the 3750-m path.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1968, Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing II, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.154841
Show Author Affiliations
Gail M. Vaucher, Science and Technology Corp. (United States)
Robert W. Endlich, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
John W. Raby, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1968:
Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing II
Anton Kohnle; Walter B. Miller, Editor(s)

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