Rapid Environment Assessment Database Management - Phase 1:Final Report


  1. Deveau, T.J.
Corporate Authors
MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd, Dartmouth NS (CAN);Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Rapid environmental assessment (REA) involves the provision of tactically relevant information to deployed armed forces in a tactically relevant time frame. The spatial and temporal characterization of the environment in which an operation is being conducted should provide pertinent information regarding the effect of the environment on the performance of sensors, systems, and personnel. This environmental characterization includes access to historical or static databases collected from a variety of sources and is the focus of this contract (Phase 1). Subsequent work (Phases 2 and 3) will introduce access to more dynamic databases and higher level REA products or tactical decision aids that are based on the fusion of several environmental parameters. In Phase 1, a prototype database and web-based interface have been developed using three data sources: the Shallow Water Database (SWDB), the Non-Acoustic Data Acquisition System (NADAS) files, and Bathythermographs (BT). The database is built using PostgreSQL and PostGIS on Red Hat Linux. The web-based interface allows users to view the data by keys (including cruise number, run number, type of data, location, and date). There are options to export the data to the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) comma delimited, Microsoft Excel (tab delimited) or Hypertext Mark-up Language (HTML) output files.

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Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-CR-2006-213 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2006
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