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Wind field measurements for the mitigation of airborne health threats in a complex urban environment
Author(s): Mark Arend; David Santoro; Sameh Abdelazim; Fred Moshary; Sam Ahmed
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Paper Abstract

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsored Urban Dispersion Program (UDP) resulted in the strategic placement of weather instruments in New York City (NYC) and the transition of some instruments to the City College of New York (CCNY) operated NYC MetNet to provide timely and accurate information on "skimming field" winds above city building tops. In order to extend the observational capabilities of the NYC MetNet, a cost effective portable eye safe fiber optic based coherent wind lidar system is currently under development in CCNY laboratories. Wind lidar measurements, coupled with the continuous observations from the NYC MetNet, should support the initialization, feedback and development of plume models that would be used after an initial detection of airborne toxins. An overview of the lidar system design and the NYC MetNet will be given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7306, Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security V and Biometric Technology for Human Identification VI, 730603 (5 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820334
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Mark Arend, City College of the City Univ. of New York (United States)
David Santoro, City College of the City Univ. of New York (United States)
Sameh Abdelazim, City College of the City Univ. of New York (United States)
Fred Moshary, City College of the City Univ. of New York (United States)
Sam Ahmed, City College of the City Univ. of New York (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7306:
Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security V and Biometric Technology for Human Identification VI
B.V.K. Vijaya Kumar; Salil Prabhakar; Arun A. Ross; Craig S. Halvorson; Šárka O. Southern, Editor(s)

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