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Forecasting the ocean optical environment in support of Navy mine warfare operations
Author(s): S. D. Ladner; R. Arnone; J. Jolliff; B. Casey; K. Matulewski
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Paper Abstract

A 3D ocean optical forecast system called TODS (Tactical Ocean Data System) has been developed to determine the performance of underwater LIDAR detection/identification systems. TODS fuses optical measurements from gliders, surface satellite optical properties, and 3D ocean forecast circulation models to extend the 2-dimensional surface satellite optics into a 3-dimensional optical volume including subsurface optical layers of beam attenuation coefficient (c) and diver visibility. Optical 3D nowcast and forecasts are combined with electro-optical identification (EOID) models to determine the underwater LIDAR imaging performance field used to identify subsurface mine threats in rapidly changing coastal regions. TODS was validated during a recent mine warfare exercise with Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM-14). Results include the uncertainties in the optical forecast and lidar performance and sensor tow height predictions that are based on visual detection and identification metrics using actual mine target images from the EOID system. TODS is a new capability of coupling the 3D optical environment and EOID system performance and is proving important for the MIW community as both a tactical decision aid and for use in operational planning, improving timeliness and efficiency in clearance operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8372, Ocean Sensing and Monitoring IV, 83720Z (12 June 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.920784
Show Author Affiliations
S. D. Ladner, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
R. Arnone, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. Jolliff, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
B. Casey, QinetiQ North America (United States)
Stennis Space Ctr. (United States)
K. Matulewski, Naval Oceanographic Office (United States)
Stennis Space Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8372:
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring IV
Weilin Will Hou; Robert Arnone, Editor(s)

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