19 October 2016 Vertical atmospheric variability measured above water during the FESTER experiment: first results
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The First European South African Experiment (FESTER) was conducted over about a 10 month period at the Institute of Maritime Technology (IMT) in False Bay, South Africa. One of the important goals was to validate atmospheric refraction and turbulence models. To achieve this goal it was required to measure the vertical profile of meteorological parameters and compare this to model predictions. A special helium kite balloon (Helikite) was used as lifting device for weather and temperature sensors to obtain a measured vertical air profile. This measurement was conducted in the middle of the atmospheric path for the principal electro-optic transmission link monitoring equipment (i.e. scintillometer and multi-spectral radiometer-transmissometer system). First results will focus on the vertical air temperature profile shape as function of general environmental conditions and the comparison to model predictions.
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Benita Maritz, Benita Maritz, Mokete S. Koago, Mokete S. Koago, Carl K. Wainman, Carl K. Wainman, M. E. Gardener, M. E. Gardener, Willie H. Gunter, Willie H. Gunter, Alexander M. J. van Eijk, Alexander M. J. van Eijk, } "Vertical atmospheric variability measured above water during the FESTER experiment: first results", Proc. SPIE 10002, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XIX, 100020B (19 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2244532; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2244532

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