Within the framework of the site prospection for the future European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), a wide site characterization was achieved. Aklim site located at an altitude of 2350 m at the geographical coordinates: lat.= 30°07’38” N, long.= 8°18’31” W , in the Moroccan Middle Atlas Mountains, was one of the candidate sites chosen by the Framework Programme VI (FP6) of the European Union. To complete the fulfilled study (; ), we have used the ModelOTP (model of optical turbulence profiles) established by  and improved by . This model allows getting the built-in profiles of the optical turbulence under various conditions. In this paper, we present an overview of the Aklim database results, in the boundary layers and in the free atmosphere separately and we make a comparison with Cerro Pachon result .
In this paper we present an analysis of the statistical and temporal properties of seeing and isoplanatic angle measurements obtained with combined Differential Image Motion Monitor (DIMM) and Multi-Aperture Scintillation Sensor (MASS) at Jbel Aklim candidate site for the Eauropean Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). These data have been collected from February 2008 to Jun 2010. The overall seeing statistics for Jbel Aklim site are presented, broken into total seeing, free atmosphere seeing and isoplanatic angle, and ground-layer seeing (difference between the total and free-atmosphere seeing). We examine the statistical distributions of seeing measurements and investigate annual and nightly behavior. The properties of the seeing measurements are discussed in terms of the geography and meteorological conditions at Jbel Aklim site.
We present a characterization of meteorological parameters: Wind and direction speed, temperature, relative
humidity and pressure. Data set is provided by the system of NCEP/NCAR Re-analysis. The statistical
treatment of data will cover the years between 2003 and 2006 for the Observatory Oukaïmeden. An analysis of
monthly, seasonal, and annual results is presented. We calculated the Richardson number for each month of the
year. In addition, this paper describes a comparison between balloon-sounding made at different stations and
coincident model-based meteorological analysis. The comparison allows the assessment reliability of the analysis
in studied period.
KEYWORDS: Refractive index, Astronomy, Coherence (optics), Wavefronts, Spatial coherence, Optical turbulence, Stereolithography, Global system for mobile communications, Atmospheric optics, Temperature metrology
Here we analyse 168 optical turbulence profiles made at nine different locations worldwide by means of free flight balloons equipped with instrumentation. Optical turbulence outer scales Lo, as well as coherence outer scales ℓo are
derived for the different locations and taking into account the contribution of the surface layer [0, 50m], the boundary layer [0, 1km] and the free atmosphere [1km, 30km]. Noticeable changes are found between the different locations, mainly due to the boundary layer contribution. The free atmosphere contribution seems almost the same for each site. There is a very good coherence between the outer scale derived by us and that measured using the Generalized Seeing Monitor (GSM) technique.