Global Physiographic and Climatic Maps to Support Revision of Environmental Testing Guidelines
Final rept. 1 Dec 2005-31 Jul 2009
DESERT RESEARCH INST RENO NV DIVISION OF EARTH AND ECOSYSTEM SCIENCES
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This report is part of an overarching tier of studies mapping the physiographic and climatic characteristics of the globe that are significant to military operations, including the methodology used to derive the maps. The report is intended as a base for more detailed analyses such as terrain analog studies and for military environmental testing policy and guidelines. The second tier of studies will compare specific global military operating environments GMOEs such as a desert region to similar analogous environments within U.S. controlled properties. The third tier of studies will be detailed efforts such as characterization of vehicle test courses, dust studies, and descriptions of specific sites within an installation or area. This report features 15 maps of the world describing the imagery base map, physiography, dust potential, permafrost and ice extent, elevation, and land cover as relevant to military operations. The series of climate maps depicts the distribution of source weather stations, temperature extremes, maximum winds, average precipitation and relative humidity. The methodology to derive the maps is fully documented.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics