Atmospheric Visual and Infrared Transmission Deduced from Surface Weather Observations: Weather and Warplanes VI.

by R. E. Huschke

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback38 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

A quantitative method has been developed to evaluate meteorological data (surface weather observations) in terms of the performance of visual and infrared sensors so that relevant time and space variability in performance can be depicted. Approximate atmospheric transmission parameters for visible and infrared radiation are deduced from common weather observables (cloud data, temperature, humidity, etc.) as are vertical profiles of the parameters. Use of these algorithms with a set of target acquisition modeling equations (as given in Appendix A) can produce target detection probabilities for any location, season, and time scale for which historical-weather data are available. In turn, the detection probabilities can be employed in battle simulation models to examine how force effectiveness varies as a function of weather and climate. 38 pp. Ref.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.