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Prediction of the ground-level refractive index structure parameter from the measurement of atmospheric conditions
Author(s): Troy T. Leclerc; Ronald L. Phillips; Larry C. Andrews; David T. Wayne; Paul Sauer; Robert Crabbs
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Paper Abstract

Evaluation of the methods developed by Bendersky, Kopeika, and Blaunstein1 to predict the refractive index structure parameter from the direct measurement of macroscopic atmospheric conditions were investigated. Measurements of ground-level temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, solar flux, and aerosol loading taken by the University of Central Florida weather station were compared against concurrent measurements of the refractive index structure parameter made by Scintec SLS-20 scintillometers positioned near the weather station. Wind measurements were obtained by three, three-axis sonic anemometers (capable of resolving a three-dimensional wind vector) positioned at heights of 1, 1.5, and 2.5 meters above the ground. Temperature measurements were taken at ground level, and at heights of 1 and 1.5 meters. Data were collected for two days atop Antelope Peak, NV. Collection times covered both daytime and nighttime measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7685, Atmospheric Propagation VII, 76850A (4 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.852426
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Troy T. Leclerc, Florida Space Institute, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Ronald L. Phillips, Florida Space Institute, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Larry C. Andrews, Florida Space Institute, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
David T. Wayne, Florida Space Institute, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Paul Sauer, Florida Space Institute, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Robert Crabbs, Florida Space Institute, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7685:
Atmospheric Propagation VII
Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas; Earl J. Spillar, Editor(s)

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