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Research Project: Collaborative Research in Atmospheric Modeling and Sensing

Location: Range Management Research

Project Number: 3050-11210-009-69-M
Project Type: Memorandum of Understanding

Start Date: May 2, 2016
End Date: May 1, 2019

Objective:
This MOU defines a research agreement between ARL and ARS, by which both parties will collaborate and share information, capabilities, and technology development for the mutual benefit of each and of the U.S. Government. The information and technologies to be shared will pertain to the development and applications of a meteorological sensor array (MSA), to be installed and maintained by ARL at the Jornada Experimental Range. This MOU covers the installation, maintenance and operation of the MSA, the sharing of technology and information relating to atmospheric and soil sensing conducted for the MSA, and the assistance of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in sharing these resources. This MOU addresses and supports ARL's Information Sciences core competency.

Approach:
The ARL develops and applies fine-scale numerical weather prediction (NWP) models and applications dependent on these models to advance the accuracy and applicability of such output for use in military weather prediction operations. ARL also develops the fine-scale atmospheric sensing capabilities needed to support studies and verification of the NWP models and applications. ARS conducts research and development to provide the Department of Agriculture and the nation with science-based information and technologies to support agro ecological systems. The ARS unit at the Jornada Experimental Range is undertaking research into wind erosion and dust emission processes that aligns closely with ARL objectives.