13th Conference on Applied Climatology and the 10th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology

Monday, 13 May 2002
Climatalogy Applications of the 4DWX ARAD System
Scott F. Halvorson, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground West Desert Test Center, Dugway, UT; and J. C. Chastang, D. L. Leberknight, R. T. Sandblom, and D. T. Hahn
U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) facilities collect millions of meteorological observations annually from remote automated weather stations (RAWS), wind profilers, rawinsondes, sodars, and other specialized atmospheric measuring instruments. These large and diverse data sets are difficult for ATEC meteorologists to maintain and use effectively. The ATEC meteorology offices are often requested to provide test-specific climatological analyses or to retrieve historical data for use in post-test analyses. In many cases, meteorological observations made by the National Weather Service (NWS) and other government and private groups are also required to fulfill these requirements. A central repository of all these data sets is needed to reduce the time and costs of generating these products.

This paper describes the ATEC repository of atmospheric data (ARAD) developed for the ATEC Four-Dimensional Weather (4DWX) system and gives examples of its operational uses at Dugway Proving Ground's West Desert Test Center (WDTC). The ARAD is a relational database developed by WDTC in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). One use of climatological data at Army test ranges is to help determine the best times to schedule field tests (e.g., artillery firings and missile launches). Many of these tests require specific atmospheric conditions. Prior to development of the ARAD, only simple climatological analyses using the range surface observations were practical. The ARAD allows the use of many other data sets (e.g. rawinsonde, wind profiler, and RAWS) in developing complex climatologies utilizing multiple data sets.

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