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A -- Development of Wind Turbine/Radar Modeling Tool for Assessing the Effect of Wind Turbines on Radars - WIND TURBINE/RADAR MODELING TOOL

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541712 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)
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Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Washington, District of Columbia, 20528, United States
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Susan Eicher,
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DHS BAA 10-03 The mission needs of DHS, Department of Defense (DoD), and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) dictate that the nationís radar systems remain uninhibited, to the maximum extent possible, by man-made obstructions. DHS and DoD have been charged with securing and defending the nation and part of that undertaking is accomplished through the ability to monitor non-cooperative aircraft within the nationís airspace. NOAA is charged with, keeping citizens informed of the changing environment to include weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring. All agencies rely heavily on surveillance and weather radars to accomplish their respective missions. Unfortunately, studies conducted both within the United States and within the United Kingdom reveal that wind turbines do indeed have an adverse effect on our radars. The stakeholdersí intent is not to impede the propagation of wind turbines but to discover a means to co-exist. To that end, it is imperative that the necessary tools are developed to accurately portray the impact that the turbines will have on the nationís radar systems. The current process, although somewhat effective, lacks the capability to allow a determination of the actual extent and degree of the impact on radars, thus lending itself to a great deal of subjectivity. The overall goal with this effort is to develop a sound, unimpeachable impact assessment methodology that eliminates the subjectivity inherent in current procedures. The main users of this system will be management personnel, engineers, technical analysts, and operations personnel from DHS, DoD, and NOAA. Other users may include engineers from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and representatives from the Wind Industry.
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