Multispectral Remote Sensing and COAMPS Model Analysis Methods for Marine Cloud Structure, Entrainment Processes and Refractivity Effects
Final rept. 30 Dec 2000-30 Sep 2004
NEVADA UNIV RENO DESERT RESEARCH INST
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The primary goal of this research is advancement in the utilization of satellite remote sensing methods with mesoscale simulation models for improved prediction of marine stratus and boundary layer structure. Related goals include the study of marine stratus evolution and analysis of microwave refractivity at the interface of the cloudy marine layer and the free troposphere. High accuracy for short-term prediction of cloud and inversion structure in marine environments is required for Navy operations, particularly in the vicinity of stratus and fog decks. Knowledge related to the probable evolution of cloud fractional cover, cloud liquid water profiles, the presence of precipitation and microwave ducting conditions are essential for effective logistical decision-making. Our research objectives focus on the optimum utilization of parameter fields from the Navys COAMPS and other mesoscale forecasting models with geostationary satellite data for monitoring and predicting the short-term physical characteristics of the marine boundary layer cloud and thermodynamic conditions.
- Statistics and Probability