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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2009
  • pp: 2384–2386

Using ground-based stereo cameras to derive cloud-level wind fields

John N. Porter and Guang Xia Cao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 16, pp. 2384-2386 (2009)

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Upper-level wind fields are obtained by tracking the motion of cloud features as seen in calibrated ground-based stereo cameras. By tracking many cloud features, it is possible to obtain horizontal wind speed and direction over a cone area throughout the troposphere. Preliminary measurements were made at the Mauna Loa Observatory, and resulting wind measurements are compared with winds from the Hilo, Hawaii radiosondes.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3920) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Meteorology
(280.7250) Remote sensing and sensors : Velocimetry
(280.4991) Remote sensing and sensors : Passive remote sensing
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 13, 2009
Published: August 4, 2009

John N. Porter and Guang Xia Cao, "Using ground-based stereo cameras to derive cloud-level wind fields," Opt. Lett. 34, 2384-2386 (2009)

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