Meteorological Sensor Array (MSA) - Phase I Volume 1 ("Proof of Concept" Overview)
Final rept. 1 Oct 2013-30 Sep 2014
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ADELPHI MD COMPUTATIONAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES DIRECTORATE
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The US Army Research Laboratory ARL is creating a Meteorological Sensor Array MSA to improve Army decisions by strengthening environmentally-dependent decision aids through validated high-resolution atmospheric models in the boundary layer to provide reliable and persistent data resources, which allow modelers and sensor developers to validate model and sensor performance with atmospheric observations. This report outlines the multiphase MSA Development Plan, and documents the MSA-Phase I Proof of Concept. Phase I included a 5 equally-spaced meteorological towers located around a large Solar Photovoltaic Farm in southern NM b measurements of pressure, temperature 2 m10 m, relative humidity 2 m, insolation 2 m and winds 2 m10 m c solar-powered instrumentation and d wireless data download, monitoring, and time synchronization. The MSA data processing included data merging, plotting and formatting for applications. Automating data quality assurance was investigated. Model validation and verification VV was one of several MSA-Phase I data applications. The Weather Running Estimate-Nowcast WRE-N model was used to confirm the feasibility of Model VV with MSA data. Based on the success of Phase I, the authors look forward to future, fruitful phases.
- Atmospheric Physics