Accession Number:

ADA265957

Title:

The Air Force Interactive Meteorological System: A Research Tool for Satellite Meteorology

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

ATMOSPHERIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INC CAMBRIDGE MA

Report Date:

1992-12-02

Pagination or Media Count:

86.0

Abstract:

This report summarizes work that was performed under a research contract with the Satellite Meteorology Branch of the Phillips Laboratory Geophysics Directorate Atmospheric Sciences Division. The topic addressed is the use of the Air Force Interactive Meteorological System AIMS as a research tool for the acquisition, processing, display and management of large sets of satellite data obtained from different platforms and sensors. Of particular importance is the foundation that AIMS provides for establishing an optimal satellite data processing system based on a systematic and integrated approach to data handling and manipulation. This foundation is composed of four functional areas 1 access to meteorological data sources including direct broadcast NOAA, DMSP, and GOES satellite data global surface and upper air reports from the NWS Family of Services and lightning data from the SUNY-Albany lightning detection network, 2 data visualization and processing that employs both 8-bit and 24-bit full color imaging workstations, and 3 interactive development, data analysis, and batch processing capabilities supported by mid- range performance minicomputers. This report includes a historical perspective of AIMS, its current configuration, a review of scientific applications supported by AIMS, ongoing work to provide an integrated approach to data management, analysis and processing, and a discussion of current short term needs and long range planning issues.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE