Improved Optical Turbulence Forecasts

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,994.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-06-C-0042
Award Id:
78411
Agency Tracking Number:
053-0050
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
131 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02421
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
091493569
Principal Investigator:
George Modica
Senior Staff Scientist
(781) 761-2288
gmodica@aer.com
Business Contact:
Cecilia Sze
Chief Executive Officer
(781) 761-2288
csze@aer.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
We propose a Phase I SBIR project to define a forecast system to predict lower stratospheric and upper tropospheric optical turbulence. The application will be designed to be implemented within the Airborne Laser Atmospheric Decision Aid (ADA). The application will utilize as input data from the Air Force Weather Agency's theater numerical weather prediction (NWP) model. During Phase I, several candidate optical turbulence parameterizations will be examined for inclusion into the ADA. An innovative feature of our proposed application will operate on the input NWP model data to simulate an ensemble spread from a single NWP model forecast, enabling generation of a probablistic optical turbulence product that is capable of revealing nearby (in state space) meteorological and optical turbulence "regimes." Each ensemble member is used as input to two or more diagnostic optical turbulence algorithms. The set of ensemble optical turbulence forecasts are converted into probability density functions, and provided to the ADA. The forecast system will be designed to be configurable, modular, and conform to accepted software engineering standards.

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