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Main Title Development of an adjustable buoyancy ballon [i.e. balloon] tracer of atmospheric motion : phase 1, systems design and demonstration of feasibility /
Author Zak, B. D. ; Church, H. W. ; Jensen, A. L. ; Gay, G. T. ; Ivey, M. D. ;
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Zak, B. D.
CORP Author Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Atmospheric Sciences Research Lab.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Atmospheric Sciences Research Laboratory,
Year Published 1985
Report Number EPA/600/3-85/027
Stock Number PB85-185817
OCLC Number 697309493
Subjects Balloons, Sounding. ; Atmospheric circulation--United States--Measurement.
Additional Subjects Air pollution ; Transport properties ; Aerial surveys ; Atmospheric motion ; Design criteria ; Performance evaluation ; Feasibility ; Meteorology ; Assessments ; Tracer techniques
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EKBD  EPA-600/3-85-027 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 01/24/2011
NTIS  PB85-185817 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 06/21/1988
Collation xi, 152 p. : ill., maps, charts ; 28 cm.
An Adjustable Buoyancy Balloon Tracer of Atmospheric Motion is a research tool which allows one to follow atmospheric flows in both the horizontal and the vertical, including the weak, sustained vertical motion associated with meso- and synoptic- scale atmospheric disturbances. The design goals for the Balloon Tracer to be developed here specify a lifetime > or = 3 days, tracking range > or = 1000 km, a ceiling altitude > or = 500 mb (5.5 km), and the capability to respond to mean vertical flows as low as 1 cm/s. The balloon tracer is also to measure and telemeter selected meteorological variables, to be sufficiently inexpensive to permit use in significant numbers, and to be serviced by a ground system capable of handling several balloon tracers at a time. While the balloon tracer has applications throughout the atmospheric sciences, the immediate motivation for this effort is to meet the need to evaluate the accuracies of existing air pollution transport models, to establish source-receptor relationships to distances of order 1000 km, and to assess the inherent limits on the predictability of source impact at long distances. The authors have proposed a generic design for such a system. They also have subjected the proposed design to theoretical analysis, have constructed a prototype, and have conducted a series of tests with the prototype to evaluate the concept. They conclude, without reservation that a system meeting the design goals is feasible, and are proceeding to build that system in Phase II of this project.
EPA project officers: J.S. Irwin and R.G. Lamb. Prepared by Sandia National Laboraties [sic] under Interagency Agreement "March 1985." Includes bibliographical references (p. 102-104) "EPA/600/3-85/027."