San Francisco International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States and one of the highest delay airports in terms of total aircraft delay hours and number of imposed air traffic delay programs. As part of the FAA's Integrated Terminal Weather System, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory has begun an effort entitled the "Marine Stratus Initiative" with the objective to provide improvrd weather information and forecast guidance to the Oakland Central Weather Service Unit (CWSU), which is responsible for providing weather forcasts to air traffic managers. A description of airport operations at San Francisco and the impact of marine stratus are presented. An explanation is given of the marine stratus phenomenology and the primary factors contributing to cloud dissipation. This conceptual model of the dissipation process is used to define system requirements. A description of the hardware, communications, and display subsystems is provided. An overview of the 1995 demonstration, including user comments, is presented as well as future plans for meeting the longer-term objectives of the project.

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Linclon Laboratory, 244 Wood Street
    Lexington, MA  United States  02420-9180

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Authors:
    • Clark, D A
    • Wilson, F W
  • Publication Date: 1996-6-25


  • English

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  • Pagination: 60 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00778652
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ATC-252
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 11 1999 12:00AM