Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Engineering Physics
Steven Fiorino, PhD
Reanalysis weather data is obtained for dates surrounding historical nuclear tests and processed through Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) software to produce a high-resolution weather forecast. Output from RAMS is visualized to check for validity and input into Hazard Prediction and Assessment Capability (HPAC) software and modeled predictions are compared to historical observation data. Simulations are conducted using constant high resolution weather and varying terrain resolution. The HPAC prediction is numerically compared to historical observation data. The result of this research culminated in the knowledge that early-time, low-altitude wind data was neglected by HPAC's incorporation of the Defense Land Fallout Interpretive Code (DELFIC) Cloud Rise Module, resulting in HPAC predictions being inaccurate for early fallout deposition.
DTIC Accession Number
Jones, Christopher P., "High Resolution Mesoscale Weather Data Improvement to Spatial Effects for Doserate Contour Plot Predictions" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 2925.