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Turbulence Forecasting

Contact: James Osborn

We have developed an optical turbulence forecast tool which can be used to in two ways:

  1. Post-process archived meteorological data in order to develop statistics for any particular site of interest.
  2. Use with forecast meteorological parameters (temperature, pressure, wind speed etc) to forecast the turbulence strength in at site over the next few hours or days.

The tool is based on meteorological data and can be used with, for example ECMWF data. The model is global and is fast, enabling us to process large volumes of data in a short period.

For more information see here.

Global map of turbulence strength for 1st January 2018

Figure: Example global optical turbulence forecast.