White Sands Missile Range Urban Study: Flow and Stability Around a Single Building Part 1: Background and Overview

Report No. ARL-TR-3851
Authors: Gail Vaucher
Date/Pages: July 2006; 50 pages
Abstract: The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) serves the Army Soldier by providing research tools and resources. The atmospheric boundary layer (ABL), an area which begins at the surface and extends vertically to 1-2 km above ground level, is one of the ARL research areas. The lowest 10% of the ABL (a.k.a., surface layer) is the primary work environment for an Army Soldier. Characterizing this atmospheric surface layer was the focus of five field studies conducted between fiscal years 2001?2005 at White Sands Missile Range, NM. This report summarizes the surface layer research beginning with the rural environment studies and progressing into the subsequent urban setting. Appendices provide outlines and templates for conducting field research based on these successful field research studies. While this report provides an overview of these scientific investigations, it also serves as foundational material for reports documenting the Surface Layer and Urban Study research results in greater detail.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: July 1, 2006