Atmospheric Analysis Capability to Support Electromagnetic Applications,
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB MONTEREY CA
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As tactical applications and users have become more sophisticated, a need for a consistent four dimensional volume of environmental information has become evident. This paper discusses the Naval Research Laboratorys first effort to provide a three dimensional consistent volume of atmospheric data to support an electromagnetic propagation application, the Radio Physics Optics RPO model. From this experience, and as computer workstations become more powerful the Laboratory hopes to be able to forecast as well as analyze the atmospheric volume adding the fourth dimension, time. This work was funded by the Office of Naval Research and the Oceanographer of the Navy through the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The Ship Anti-submarine warfare Readiness Effectiveness Measurement SHAREM 110A exercise in the Arabian Gulf was chosen as the first opportunity to test such an analysis scheme in an operational setting. SHAREM exercises are coordinated by the Surface Warfare Development Group SWDG in Little Creek, Virginia. They are Naval Exercises that have a scientific bent to them allowing for the investigation of a particular phenomenon.