SPECIAL SITE DESCRIPTION PANAMA CANAL ZONE.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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Evaluation tests of munitions selected as suitable for airdrop were conducted by the U. S. Air Force in the Panama Canal Zone in October 1966. In association with these tests an important task was to document those characteristics of the environment which were assumed to affect that special activity. Therefore, the U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station was engaged by the Air Force to provide the environmental characterization for the Air Force test sites. The purposes of this report are to provide 1 a general description of the test areas and 2 a record of environmental conditions in the test areas that, along with the activity record, would furnish an analyst with sufficient objective data to permit a search for the cause-and-effect relations pertinent to this activity. The general description of the test areas is presented in the form of location maps, air and ground photographs, and center-line profiles. The record of environmental conditions provided concerns only those parameters deemed pertinent to the activity being studied. These parameters are visual appearance, topographic setting, surface composition, vegetation structure, and vegetation taxonomy. Stem spacing by heights and stem diameters were ascertained by computer. A procedure for sampling vegetation physiognomy is included as Appendix A, and the data reduction program for the results of this sampling procedure is included as Appendix B. Author
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Ammunition and Explosives