Desert Hot Weather Test Studies

Affiliation(s)PIProject periodFunded by
DEES McDonald, Eric V 09/29/2007 - 09/29/2010 DoD-Army Research Office - Yuma

Project Team: Tom Bullard, Scott Bassett, Steven Bacon

Keywords: World's deserts, hot weather, desert terrain

Project Description

The multi-year, multi-task investigations and tasks described herein are complex and require doctorate-level geological, hydrological, ecological, and terrain analysis skills supported by extensive field data collection and laboratory analysis capabilities. Some of the tasks are continuations of earlier, more general efforts initiated under prior contracts between the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) or the U.S. Military Academy (USMA). These efforts established a foundation of basic desert information upon which follow-on investigations could be based. The proposed tasks contained herein are not duplicative of the earlier efforts but will start where the previous studies ended to acquire more in-depth information and/or more locality-specific characterization data than previously available.

The research, development, and test support efforts described are primarily intended to advance detailed knowledge of the world's deserts and identify specific analog sites within available U.S. military installations in the arid regions of the southwestern U.S. The highest priority, near-term focus will be detailed characterization of the terrains within, or in proximity to, the Army's Desert/Hot Weather test site, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), located within the Sonoran Desert of southwestern Arizona. Other desert specific tasks- including those related to expanding knowledge of the world's deserts, operations within those areas, and improving desert testing methodology are high priority and will be addressed throughout the contract. Tasks involving other YPG extreme climatic test responsibilities such as Cold Regions and Tropic will be integrated within this investigative and research effort on an as required basis.

Other tasks include: Assistance in establishing Environmental Effects Data Bases including consolidations of Lessons Learned during testing or military operations in natural environments worldwide. Integration, on a selected basis, of unique climatic data bases resident only within the contractor with other climatic data bases to create a worldwide, but site specific, climatic reference data base for the RDT&E community. In some cases, taskings may be for specialized data collection, terrain or materials analysis, or other unique capabilities such as creation of relational climatics or effects data bases or digitized terrain data bases which require individual subject matter expertise unavailable within DRI. In these cases the lead research activity will use consultants and/or collaborative partners with the specialized or unique specialized skills or capabilities needed to meet objectives established during single point coordination and definition of requirements with the lead contract activity.

U.S. Army YPG efforts involve a variety of U.S. and foreign government customers and agencies, U.S. and foreign universities, research laboratories, and industry. The contracted activity will integrate as needed with multi-organization composite teams to accomplish U.S. military objectives.