Earth System Science Center and Department of Atmospheric Science at The University of Alabama in Huntsville

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NASA/UAH Atmospheric Science “Brown Bag” Seminar Program Presentation

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


12:45 pm;   Room 4065

Atmospheric Data in Defense Applications 

Shawn Ericson

CFD Research Corporation

Aerospace and Defense Solutions Division

For the past six years CFD Research Corporation has worked with the University of Alabama Huntsville to perform basic and applied research utilizing weather data in defense applications.  Collaboration between meteorologists and defense application integrators is an iterative process in clarifying: what “weather” means to the integrator, what is possible for the meteorologist to provide, and what is practical for the application and user.  The outcome of this process is highly dependent upon the requirements of the application in question.  The goal of this presentation is to share this experience from the perspective of an integrator and provide information on the role of weather in the military process.  This discussion is intended to aid communication between students seeking employment, or faculty seeking collaboration, with Department of Defense agencies and their contractors.  The contents of this presentation include a brief example of weather impacting military operations and systems, how weather might be used in various stages of a system’s life cycle, and what questions integrators and meteorologists must ask each other to define input weather requirements to a defense application.

Visit Coordinator:  Themis Chronis – UAH-ASD

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