3 October 2014 Extended BKB model utilizing regional weather data for Cn2 measurement
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Abstract
The alternative Bendersky, Kopeika, and Blaunstein (BKB) model of measuring the refractive structure index parameter, Cn2 has proven to be a reliable, well-used means of quantifying and characterizing the atmospheric turbulence in a given environment. This model relies on various meteorological parameters such as temperature, wind speed, relative humidity, and time of day in order to procure the resulting Cn2 quantity. Using experimentally confirmed results from a desert environment, the utility of this model may be extended to other climates by adapting temporal hour weights used within the model. The adaptation of these weighted parameters are shown to have a relationship with the unique weather conditions of a given region which are demonstrated by data points collected from two testing ranges located in Florida in addition to archived weather data. The resulting extended model is then compared to commercial scintillometer data for validation.
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Joseph T. Coffaro, Michael G, Panich, Sara B. Belichki, Ronald L. Phillips, Larry C. Andrews, Wayne Fountain, Frank M. Tucker, "Extended BKB model utilizing regional weather data for Cn2 measurement", Proc. SPIE 9224, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans III, 922407 (3 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2086811; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2086811
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