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The Joint Airport Weather Studies Project - Current analysis highlights in the aviation safety contextThe principal objective of the Joint Airport Weather Studies Project was to obtain high-resolution velocity, turbulence, and thermodynamic data on a convective outflow called a microburst, an intense downdraft and resulting horizontal outflow near the surface. Data collection occurred during the summer of 1982 near Denver, CO. Data sensors included three pulsed-microwave Doppler and two pulsed CO2 lidar radars, along with 27 Portable Automated Mesonet surface weather stations, the FAA's low-level-wind-shear alert system (LLWSAS), and five instrumented research aircraft. Convective storms occurred on 75 of 91 operational days, with Doppler data being collected on at least 70 microbursts. Analyses reported included a thorough examination of microburst-climatology statistics, the capability of the LLWSAS to detect adequately and accurately the presence of low-altitude wind shear danger to aircraft, the capability of a terminal Doppler radar system development to provide improved wind-shear detection and warning, and progress toward improved wind-shear training for pilots.
Document ID
19840035100
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Mccarthy, J. (National Center for Atmospheric Research Boulder, CO, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Subject Category
METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 84-0111
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NASA ORDER H-59314-B
CONTRACT_GRANT: DOT-FA01-82-Y-10513
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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