Delivery and Development of a Day/Night Whole Sky Imager with Enhanced Angular Alignment for Full 24 Hour Cloud Distribution Assessment
SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CA MARINE PHYSICAL LAB
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The Whole Sky Imager is a ground-based digital imaging system for assessment of cloud cover over the full upper hemisphere. Using a fisheye lens and a slow scan CCD sensor, it acquires imagery under daylight, moonlight and starlight conditions. This contract funding enabled Marine Physical Lab to provide a new Whole Sky Imager to the Air Force, with several enhancements. The primary enhancements funded under this contract included more accurate alignment with respect to the sky field, detailed documentation, and enhancement of the software to allow interactive modification of the data acquisition from remote sites.
- Optical Detection and Detectors