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Research Project: Collaborative Research in Atmospheric Characterization, Modeling and Sensing

Location: Range Management Research

Project Number: 3050-21600-001-087-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Feb 15, 2020
End Date: Feb 14, 2025

The Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement between Combat Capabilities Development Command, US Army Research Laboratory(CCDC-ARL) and (USDA ARS) defines a research agreement between CCDC-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 US 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 CCDC-ARL at the Jornada Experimental Range. This non-funded cooperative agreement 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 agreement addresses and supports CCDC-ARL’s Information Sciences core competency.

The CCDC-ARL engages in boundary layer characterization and processes research, 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. CCDC-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 nation with science-based information and technologies to support the sustainability of agroecosystems. As part of its efforts, the ARS unit at the Jornada Experimental Range is undertaking research into wind erosion and dust emission processes that aligns closely with CCDC-ARL objectives.