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Vertical atmospheric variability measured above water during the FESTER experiment: first results
Author(s): Benita Maritz; Mokete S. Koago; Carl K. Wainman; M. E. Gardener; Willie H. Gunter; Alexander M. J. van Eijk
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Paper Abstract

The First European South African Experiment (FESTER) was conducted over about a 10 month period at the Institute of Maritime Technology (IMT) in False Bay, South Africa. One of the important goals was to validate atmospheric refraction and turbulence models. To achieve this goal it was required to measure the vertical profile of meteorological parameters and compare this to model predictions. A special helium kite balloon (Helikite) was used as lifting device for weather and temperature sensors to obtain a measured vertical air profile. This measurement was conducted in the middle of the atmospheric path for the principal electro-optic transmission link monitoring equipment (i.e. scintillometer and multi-spectral radiometer-transmissometer system). First results will focus on the vertical air temperature profile shape as function of general environmental conditions and the comparison to model predictions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10002, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XIX, 100020B (19 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2244532
Show Author Affiliations
Benita Maritz, Institute for Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Mokete S. Koago, Institute for Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Carl K. Wainman, Institute for Maritime Technology (South Africa)
M. E. Gardener, Institute for Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Willie H. Gunter, Institute for Maritime Technology (South Africa)
Alexander M. J. van Eijk, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)


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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