Issue No. 07 - July (1972 vol. 21)
E.A. Smith , Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin
The measurement of winds to an accuracy of at least 2 knots (1 m/s) is a major requirement of the global atmospheric research program (GARP) . Such accurate wind measurements will be needed over large regions presently lacking ground or rawinsonde observations. A man-computer system called WINDCO has been developed to measure cloud motion from ATS pictures. This system is capable of providing cloud motion measurements that are repeatable to within 6 knots over two independent time intervals in the majority of cases.
Cloud displacement, cloud tracers, cross correlation, digital photographs, geosynchronous satellite data, photogrammetry analysis, satellite attitude determination.
E.A. Smith, D.R. Phillips, "Automated Cloud Tracking Using Precisely Aligned Digital ATS Pictures", IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 21, no. , pp. 715-729, July 1972, doi:10.1109/T-C.1972.223574