Key Findings and Performance Standard Recommendations for In Situ EDR

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015: 4:00 PM
129A (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Michael J. Emanuel, FAA, Atlantic City, NJ; and S. Catapano and J. Sherry

In response to industry recommendations, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established and performed an Eddy Dissipation Rate (EDR) standards project to complete the research necessary to recommend in situ EDR performance standards. This paper provides an overview of the project's key findings, as well as performance standard recommendations for 1-minute mean and peak EDR reports. The recommendations contained herein are intended to be leveraged by other standards defining organizations (e.g. RTCA) for official adoption. This paper serves as an extension of two previous papers published by the project through the American Meteorological Society (AMS). In January, 2013 the project published an AMS paper titled In Situ Performance Standard for Eddy Dissipation Rate that provided a summary of pertinent in situ EDR background information discovered, as well as the standards process developed by the project. In February, 2014 the project published an AMS paper titled Preliminary Findings of In Situ EDR Research that provided preliminary findings of today's in situ EDR performance.