BATTLEFIELD SENSOR MAPS

THE U.S. ARMY HAS BEEN CONDUCTING A VARIETY OF SYSTEMS TESTS REQUIRING THE USE OF SEISMIC BATTLEFIELD SENSORS. THE ERRATIC BEHAVIOR OF THE SENSORS WAS THOUGHT TO BE CAUSED BY GROUND CONDITIONS. IT WAS DECIDED TO PRODUCE A SET OF MAPS THAT WOULD IDENTIFY SEISMICALLY POOR TERRAIN SO THAT SENSORS COULD BE SELECTED AND EMPLACED WITH A HIGH PROBABILITY OF SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONS. THE SET INCLUDES THREE SERIES TO SUPPORT TACTICAL OPERATIONS, PLANNING, AND HIGH-LEVEL COMMAND; THE CORRESPONDING SCALES ARE 1:50,000, 1:250,000, AND 1:1,000,000. A NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS WERE CONSIDERED IN PLANNING THE SENSOR MAPS. FOR SEISMIC SENSORS, THE PROPERTIES OF THE SOIL HAVE AN OVERRIDING INFLUENCE IN THE PROPAGATION OF MICROSEISMIC WAVES. SOIL DEPTH IS A CRITICAL FACTOR IN DETERMINING DETECTION DISTANCES IN SYSTEMS EMPLOYING SEISMIC SENSORS. IF THE SOIL THICKNESS IS MUCH LESS THAN ABOUT ONE METER, DETECTION DISTANCES USUALLY WILL BE SERIOUSLY REDUCED. OTHER FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED ARE SOIL PARTICLE SIZE, MOISTURE CONTENT, SURFACE GEOMETRY, SURFACE CONDITIONS, TYPE OF VEGETATION, WEATHER, AND CULTURAL OBJECTS. PROTOTYPES OF THE NEW MAPS ARE NOW BEING TESTED AT FORT HOOD.

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    • Vol 64, No 417, P 47
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  • Accession Number: 00230090
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1972 12:00AM