Northern Watch – Barrow Strait Meteorological Data in 2008


  1. Forand, J.L.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
The Northern Watch Technical Demonstration Program aims to identify and characterize combinations of sensors and systems to develop a cost-effective Recognized Maritime Picture (RMP) for the Canadian Arctic. The unique characteristics of the Arctic environment require actual system deployment for an effective understanding of the environmental effects and the costs associated with carrying out such Northern activities. This project will also demonstrate the potential benefits to enhance Canada’s security, safety, economy, or environment. One of the objectives of the Northern Watch Project is to model the performance of electro-optic and radar sensors to detect, classify and recognize targets when installed at a number of locations in the Canadian Arctic. In particular, modelling is required for a site, near Gascoyne Inlet, that has been chosen for testing the sensors. To accomplish this task, good quality meteorological data covering all of these areas is required to realistically predict the performance of electro-optical, infrared or radar sensors in the Arctic maritime environment (for example over Barrow Strait). To obtain sufficient data, three avenues are available: 1) make our own measurements, 2) obtain measurements from other organizations, and 3) obtain data from model predictions. This document describes the results obtained during the Northern Watch Arctic trial of 2008 when we obtained data from nearby meteorological stations, and model data obtained from Envir

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Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TR-2009-145 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2009
Number of Pages
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