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Ground truthing the atmosphere for infrared system testing
Author(s): Robert W. Smith
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Paper Abstract

It is well understood that the operation of Infrared Systems is influenced greatly by the atmospheric conditions encountered during all levels of Infrared Systems Testing. One such effort to provide this definition is presented in this paper. During the VISION I field test, conducted by the U.S. Army CECOM Center for Night Vision and Electro-Optics, a very thorough network of sensors gathered atmospheric transmission, optical turbulence, solar radiation, and standard meteorological data. A completely computer based system was used to gather the data and present it to the users in a highly tailored and highly useable form. This effort is described, showing a system description with data examples. Data collection is a secondary thrust of this paper. Of more importance is the processing and disseminating (to the various users of the data) which provides a complete ground truth of atmospheric conditions during testing which is usable by system engineers and modelers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1311, Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Infrared Scenes, (1 September 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21821
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Robert W. Smith, U.S. Army Atmospheric Sciences Lab (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1311:
Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Infrared Scenes
Milton J. Triplett; Wendell R. Watkins; Ferdinand H. Zegel, Editor(s)

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