Climatology of Marine Atmospheric Refractive Effects. A Compendium of the Integrated Refractive Effects Prediction System (IREPS) Historical Summaries
NAVAL OCEAN SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The anomalous propagation of electromagnetic energy through the atmosphere has been in evidence for many years in the form of false radar targetsghosts, radar holes, and extended detectioncommunication ranges. An operational commander aware of these anomalous propagation conditions may exploit them for an offensive or defensive military advantage. The Integrated Refractive Effects Prediction System IREPS developed at NOSC provides electromagnetic systems performance predictions based upon actual measured atmospheric conditions. In addition, IREPS provides a summary of propagation conditions based upon a worldwide refractive climatology data base stored within the program tapes. The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of climatological electromagnetic propagation conditions for ocean and coastal areas to fleet tacticians and operational commanders who may not have access to IREPS via the Hewlett-Packard 9845 desktop computer. Originator-supplied keywords include Electromagnetic wave propagation Climatological effects Atmospheric refraction Ducting and IREPS Integrated Refractive Effects Prediction System.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation