Calculating Low-Atmosphere Profile and Turbulence Information from Meteorological Sensors Fitted to Battlefield Robotics Systems
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ADELPHI MD
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This report describes a new data analysis and interpretation algorithm developed for a precision meteorological sensor that has been fitted to one of the Army Research Laboratorys ARL prototype robotics vehicles. The new algorithm provides low-atmosphere profile and turbulence information from the retrieval and analysis of wind speeds, wind directions, air pressure, and temperatures 1 Hz data. The algorithm is at first formulated for data collected over flat terrain at some low reference height above ground. We calculate the small interval - 4.5 minute averages and standard deviations for the wind and temperature fields and apply a simple log-law model to extrapolate wind velocity profile information upward through the sensor. Thus we initiate a coupling of meteorology to robotics for future military applications.
- Atmospheric Physics