Recent Advancements in the TAMDAR Sensor Network Expansion
The TAMDAR sensor was originally deployed in December 2004 on a fleet of 63 Saab 340s operated by Mesaba Airlines in the Great Lakes region as a part of the NASA-sponsored Great Lakes Fleet Experiment (GLFE).
Over the last six years, the equipage of the sensors has expanded beyond CONUS to include Alaska and Mexico on Horizon, Republic, Chautauqua, Shuttle America, PenAir, Piedmont, ERA Alaska, AeroMexico Connect, ACE Air Cargo, and Mesaba Airlines, as well as a few research aircraft. Upon completion of the 2010 installations, more than 6000 daily sounding will be produced in North America.
An update will be provided on the status of the TAMDAR sensor network deployment and data availability, as well as an update on data quality, error statistics, and operational forecasting utility, both from soundings and various data assimilation techniques.