National Security Applications Program

RAL wins NCAR awards for Outstanding Publication; Scientific and Technical Advancement; and Education and Outreach.


About NSAP

Multi-scale Hazard Modeling for Improved Public Safety

Providing accurate guidance and life-saving capabilities

The National Security Applications Program at RAL has grown to include a combination of DOD, foreign, and private–industry projects. RAL’s objective is to improve meteorological support of homeland security needs through the use of new capabilities in high–resolution mesoscale modeling, short–term thunderstorm prediction, multi–dimensional integrated displays, numerical weather prediction and fine–scale regional and global climatology prediction. New technologies are in operational use at Army ranges (ATEC) and are being implemented in Washington, DC at the Pentagon, originally sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and later adopted by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA).

While protecting the nation from deliberate acts is the goal of this work, an added benefit is improved ability to protect citizens from a toxic release caused by a natural disaster or an industrial or transportation accident. Lessons learned on these projects will also increase both our understanding and our ability to predict fine–scale urban weather.

NSAP Solutions

Solar Panels
Utilities and grid operators back research to make solar more predictable.

Article courtesy of "Utility Drive", by Herman K. Trabish

Solar Power Forecasting Partnership

Rapid variations... more

Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion of Hazardous Materials Research and Developmen
Atmospheric releases of hazardous materials, either accidental or intentional, continue to pose a viable threat
VIRSA test results when minimizing: (a) source location, mass, and time (Version 1.0) and (b) source location, mass, and time, plus wind... more
Decision Support Tools for Farmers
Weather is the critical factor in the success of a harvest.
Leaf Area Index (LAI) from HRLDAS on 22 April 2006.

Weather, both directly and indirectly, is the critical factor in the success of... more

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