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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Measurement and Modeling of Fugitive Dust from off-Road Dod Activities

Location: Engineering and Wind Erosion Research Unit

2012 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To develop lidar instrumentation to measure fence-line concentrations from large area emission sources produced by military activities on DoD installations.


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
The objective will be achieved through a comprehensive set of tasks that are designed to measure incoming and outgoing PM at the installation fence-line.


3.Progress Report:

This research project is to address Department of Defense concerns about air quality impacts both on and off their installations due to off-road military trafficking during training exercises. Tasks accomplished relate primarily to the design and development of CELiS (Compact Eye-safe Lidar System), which is to be used for fence-line monitoring of regulated particulate matter suspended in the atmosphere. This system, if fully realized will allow the military to determine if their off-road trafficking activities are negatively impacting air quality near the installation. The principle parameters for CELiS have been determined for fence-line monitoring activities. Off-the-shelf possible solutions have been evaluated and all were rejected for a variety of reasons. The basic design of CELiS has been completed. Currently, the Energy Dynamics Laboratory is in the process of procuring components to build a prototype for testing.


Last Modified: 7/27/2014
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