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FESTER: a propagation experiment, overview and first results
Author(s): Christian Eisele; Dirk Peter Seiffer; Karin Stein; Erik Sucher; Willem H. Gunter; Faith February; George Vrahimis; Carl Wainman; Benita Maritz; Mokete S. Koago; Alexander M. J. van Eijk; Miranda van Iersel; Leo H. Cohen; Sven A. van Binsbergen; H. J. M. (Eric) Heemskerk; Armin Sternberg; Helmut Schulte; Arthur D. van Rheenen; Erik Brenthagen; Jan B. Thomassen; Derek Griffith
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Paper Abstract

A long term field trial called FESTER (First European South African Transmission Experiment) has been conducted by an international collaboration of research organizations during the course of almost one year at False Bay, South Africa. Main objectives of the experiment are a better insight into atmospherical effects on propagation of optical radiation, a deeper understanding of the effects of (marine) aerosols on transmission, and the connection of the mentioned effects to the general meteorological and oceanographic conditions/parameters. Modelling of wakes and possible infrared-radar synergy effects are further points of interest. The duration of one year ensures the coverage of most of the relevant meteorological conditions during the different seasons. While some measurements have been performed by permanent installations, others have been performed during intensive observation periods (IOP). These IOPs took place every two to three months to ensure seasonal changes. The IOPs lasted two weeks. We will give an overview of the general layout of the experiment and report on first results. An outlook on the planned analysis of the acquired data, which includes linkage to the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), will be given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10002, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XIX, 1000208 (19 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2240771
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Christian Eisele, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
Dirk Peter Seiffer, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
Karin Stein, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
Erik Sucher, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
Willem H. Gunter, Institute for Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Faith February, Institute for Maritime Technology (South Africa)
George Vrahimis, Institute for Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Carl Wainman, Institute for Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Benita Maritz, Institute for Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Mokete S. Koago, Institute for Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Alexander M. J. van Eijk, Fraunhofer-Institut fur Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Miranda van Iersel, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Leo H. Cohen, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Sven A. van Binsbergen, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
H. J. M. (Eric) Heemskerk, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Armin Sternberg, German Armed Forces WTD91 (Germany)
Helmut Schulte, German Armed Forces WTD91 (Germany)
Arthur D. van Rheenen, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Norway)
Erik Brenthagen, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (Norway)
Jan B. Thomassen, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Norway)
Derek Griffith, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10002:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XIX
Karin U. Stein; John D. Gonglewski, Editor(s)

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