FESTER: a propagation experiment, overview and first results

Eisele, Christian
Seiffer, Dirk Peter
Stein, Karin
Sucher, Erik
Gunter, Willem H.
February, Faith
Vrahimis, George
Wainman, Carl
Maritz, Benita
Koago, Mokete S.
Eijk, Alexander M. J. van
Iersel, Miranda van
Cohen, Leo H.
Binsbergen, Sven A. van
Heemskerk, H. J. M. (Eric)
Sternberg, Armin
Schulte, Helmut
van Rheenen, Arthur
Thomassen, Jan Brede
Brendhagen, Erik
Griffith, Derek
Eisele, Christian; Seiffer, Dirk Peter; Stein, Karin; Sucher, Erik; Gunter, Willem H.; February, Faith; Vrahimis, George; Wainman, Carl; Maritz, Benita; Koago, Mokete S.; Eijk, Alexander M. J. van; Iersel, Miranda van; Cohen, Leo H.; Binsbergen, Sven A. van; Heemskerk, H. J. M. (Eric); Sternberg, Armin; Schulte, Helmut; van Rheenen, Arthur; Thomassen, Jan Brede; Brendhagen, Erik; Griffith, Derek. FESTER: a propagation experiment, overview and first results. Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering 2016 ;Volum 10002. s. 1000208-
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A long term field trial called FESTER (First European South African Transmission Experiment) has been conducted by an international collaboration of research organizations during the course of almost one year at False Bay, South Africa. Main objectives of the experiment are a better insight into atmospherical effects on propagation of optical radiation, a deeper understanding of the effects of (marine) aerosols on transmission, and the connection of the mentioned effects to the general meteorological and oceanographic conditions/parameters. Modelling of wakes and possible infrared-radar synergy effects are further points of interest. The duration of one year ensures the coverage of most of the relevant meteorological conditions during the different seasons. While some measurements have been performed by permanent installations, others have been performed during intensive observation periods (IOP). These IOPs took place every two to three months to ensure seasonal changes. The IOPs lasted two weeks. We will give an overview of the general layout of the experiment and report on first results. An outlook on the planned analysis of the acquired data, which includes linkage to the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), will be given. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
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