Wind Radar, Microwave Profiler, and GPS Data Fusion for Mesoscale Modeling

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,363.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DAAD17-02-C-0072
Award Id:
52722
Agency Tracking Number:
A002-0025
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2840 Wilderness Place, Unit G, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
786293696
Principal Investigator:
RandolphWare
Scientist
(303) 449-9192
ware@radiometrics.com
Business Contact:
FredrickSolheim
President
(303) 449-9192
solheim@radiometrics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
In Phase I we demonstrated that tropospheric wind, temperature, humidity and cloud liquid profiles can improve local weather forecasting. We propose in Phase II to develop "Nowcaster Plus", a turnkey local weather forecast system using local troposphericprofile and regional GPS data to significantly advance forecast skill. Local tropospheric soundings are obtained by a wind radar and a microwave profiler. Regional constraints on three dimensional refractivity are obtained by analysis of slant delays froma GPS network. Nowcaster Plus uses regional model, tropospheric profile, slant GPS and other atmospheric data, as available. Nowcaster Plus has commercial applications in airport operations, construction, agriculture, outdoor sporting and entertainment,electric power management and weather risk financial transactions including weather derivatives. It has military applications in artillery and rocket accuracy, forecasting of battlefield ceiling, visibility, and aircraft icing hazards, and atmosphericdispersion of hazardous materials.

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