Operational Radar Performance Surfaces for RIMPAC 2008
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB MONTEREY CA MARINE METEOROLOGY DIV
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A new system called Atmospheric Radar Performance Surfaces ATPS was designed in a joint effort between the Naval Research Laboratory NRL, the Naval Postgraduate School NPS, the Space and Naval Warfare SPAWAR Systems Center SSC, and Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center FNMOC, to provide spatio-temporal guidance about radar propagation conditions during Rim of the Pacific 2008 RIMPAC08. The ATPS provides expected radar range guidance as a function of location, time, radar, and target type. Supplementary information was provided by ensemble forecasts to estimate the uncertainty associated with environmental ducting parameters impacting electromagnetic EM propagation. The ATPS provides range information and the environmental uncertainty enables a range of ranges to be communicated. Predicting EM propagation conditions in and around the Fleet during planning execution of at-sea exercises and operations is of critical military importance. The ATPS enables decision-makers to gain a strategic advantage in placement and positioning of military assets. The inclusion of quantitative uncertainty information provides decision-makers with superior information, allowing for improved riskopportunity management and more efficient operations.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation