Near-surface turbulence effects on electro-optical propagation in an arid environment
In the framework of a NATO research group Fraunhofer IOSB and partners conducted a field trial in an arid shrub land environment in southern New Mexico (USA). The group investigates environmental limitations of fielded EO-TDAs (Electro-Optical Tactical Decision Aids). Main objective of the trial was to study the impact of the atmosphere on imaging sensor performance with a focus on the effects of atmospheric extinction and near surface turbulence. An overview of the trial will be given, as well as an overview on EO-TDA development. Results of efforts to forecast the refractive index structure parameter using numerical weather prediction (NWP) models will be described, as well as the results of a perception study on the influence of turbulence on target acquisition ranges using MWIR imagery.