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A THREE DIMENSIONAL MESOSCALE ATMOSPHERIC SIMULATION SYSTEM FOR USE IN VARIOUS MOBILE BATTLEFIELD ENVIRONMENTS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 8855
Amount: $398,659.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1990
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
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28 Research Dr - Langley Execu
Hampton, VA 23666
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Craig A Mattocks
 (804) 865-7800
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Abstract

A PORTABLE, AUTONOMOUS NUMERICAL WEATHER PREDICTION SYSTEM DESIGNED TO OPERATE ON A MINICOMPUTER WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR USE AS A TACTICAL DECISION AID UNDER BATTLEFIELD CONDITIONS. IT WILL BE ABLE TO PREDICT THE EVOLUTION OF NATURAL OBSCURANTS SUCH AS RAIN, FOG, AND DUST AND WILL BE CAPABLE OF FORECASTING TRAJECTORIES OF PLUMES OF COMBATGENERATED OBSCURANTS LIKE DUST, BLAST SMOKE, AND TOXIC CLOUDS PRODUCED THROUGH CHEMICAL WARFARE. OPERATIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS WILL BE GENERATED USING A REGIONAL VERSION OF THE SOPHISTICATED MESOSCALE ATMOSPHERIC SIMULATION SYSTEM (MASS), A FULLY THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRIMITIVE EQUATION MODEL CAPABLE OF PREDICTING PRECIPITATION IN REGIONS OF COMPLEX TERRAIN AND IN REGIONS CHARACTERIZED BY INTRICATE LAND/WATER DISTRIBUTIONS. THUS, ESTIMATES OF GROUND TRAFFICABILITY CAN ALSO BE EXTRACTED FROM ITS DETAILED FORECAST PRODUCTS. BASED ON MINI-SUPERCOMPUTER BENCHMARK TIMING FIGURES, IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT A 9 HOUR FORECAST WILL BE PRODUCED IN LESS THAN 2 HOURS, GIVING THE TACTICAL COMMAND STAFF AT LEAST 7 HOURS OF FORECAST UTILITY. INITIAL TESTS OF THE OPERATIONAL NUMERICAL WEATHER PREDICTION SYSTEM WILL BE CONDUCTED USING CLIMATOLOGICAL WEATHER DATA FOR 120 KM BY 120 KM AREA IN THE HONDURAS/NICARAGUA BORDER REGION OF CENTRAL AMERICA.

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