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31 January 2001 Forecasting precipitable water vapor and cirrus cloud cover for astronomical observatories: satellite image processing guided by synoptic model dissemination data
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Astronomical observatories are extremely dependent on sky transparency. As the expensive new very large telescopes enter into operation, flexible observing modes are being introduced, which allow each 'observing block' to be scheduled at the most appropriate time. In such modes, it makes sense to develop tools for forecasting ambient conditions. We present here the operational water vapor and cirrus cloud forecast model developed for ESO observatories in Northern Chile.
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D. Andre Erasmus and Marc S. Sarazin "Forecasting precipitable water vapor and cirrus cloud cover for astronomical observatories: satellite image processing guided by synoptic model dissemination data", Proc. SPIE 4168, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere V, (31 January 2001); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.413848
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