Accession Number : ADA608929


Title :   Meteorological Sensor Array (MSA) - Phase I Volume 1 (Proof of Concept Overview)


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Oct 2013-30 Sep 2014


Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ADELPHI MD COMPUTATIONAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES DIRECTORATE


Personal Author(s) : Vaucher, Gail ; Swanson, Jeffrey ; Raby, John ; Foley, Theresa ; Harrison, Sandra ; Brice, Robert ; D'Arcy, Sean ; Creegan, Edward


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a608929.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 114


Abstract : The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is creating a Meteorological Sensor Array (MSA) to improve Army decisions by strengthening environmentally-dependent decision aids through validated high-resolution atmospheric models in the boundary layer to provide reliable and persistent data resources, which allow modelers and sensor developers to validate model and sensor performance with atmospheric observations. This report outlines the multiphase MSA Development Plan, and documents the MSA-Phase I (Proof of Concept). Phase I included a) 5 equally-spaced meteorological towers located around a large Solar Photovoltaic Farm in southern NM; b) measurements of pressure, temperature (2 m/10 m), relative humidity (2 m), insolation (2 m) and winds (2 m/10 m); c) solar-powered instrumentation; and d) wireless data download, monitoring, and time synchronization. The MSA data processing included data merging, plotting and formatting for applications. Automating data quality assurance was investigated. Model validation and verification (V&V) was one of several MSA-Phase I data applications. The Weather Running Estimate-Nowcast (WRE-N) model was used to confirm the feasibility of Model V&V with MSA data. Based on the success of Phase I, the authors look forward to future, fruitful phases.


Descriptors :   *ATMOSPHERE MODELS , ARRAYS , DATA PROCESSING , DECISION AIDS , METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS , QUALITY ASSURANCE , VERIFICATION


Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE