Meteorological Sensor Array (MSA) —Phase I, Volume 1 ("Proof of Concept" Overview)

Report No. ARL-TR-7058
Authors: Gail Vaucher, Jeffrey Swanson, John Raby, Theresa Foley, Sandra Harrison, Robert Brice, Sean DArcy, and Edward Creegan
Date/Pages: September 2014; 114 pages
Abstract: 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 m/10 m), relative humidity (2 m), insolation (2 m) and winds (2 m/10 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 (V&V) 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 V&V with MSA data. Based on the success of Phase I, the authors look forward to future, fruitful phases.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2014