FLIR Performance Modeling and its Dependence upon Climatology and Meteorology
NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WARMINSTER PA WARMINSTER United States
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In this presentation I shall address primarily the meteorologists and climatologists in this rather heterogeneous group and assume that the FLIR and modeling experts are here only to keep me honest. Some of the questions that I hope to answer are What is a FLIR What is FLIR performance modeling Why is FLIR modeling important What are the ingredients that go into a FLIR mathematical modeling exercise What deficiencies particularly in the fields of meteorology and climatologyexist in the available information needed to satisfy such a model How can these deficiencies be relieved FLIR is an acronym not a very good one for Forward Looking InfraRed which was first coined about 11 years ago to distinguish this relatively new class of airborne equipment from an earlier generation of infrared imaging devices that look primarily in a downward direction. A FLIR functions as a sort of television camera that can see in absolute darkness. It is usually mounted on gimbals in the forward part of an airplane in such a manner that the operator can aim it in any desired direction - typically forward. A FLIR performance model may be defined ideally, as a mathematical description of a FLIR and of all the relevant environmental, operational, and human factors that affect its performance.
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