An analysis of a dust storm impacting Operation Iraqi Freedom, 25-27 March 2003

dc.contributor.advisorWash, Carlyle H.
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, John W.
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentMeteorology (MR)
dc.contributor.secondreaderMurphree, Tom
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:31:17Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:31:17Z
dc.date.issued2004-12
dc.description.abstractOn day five of combat operations during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, advances by coalition forces were nearly halted by a dust storm, initiated by the passage of a synoptically driven cold front. This storm impacted ground and air operations across the entire Area of Responsibility, and delayed an impending ground attack on the Iraqi capital. Military meteorologists were able to assist military planners in mitigating at least some of the effects of this storm. This thesis examines the synoptic conditions leading to the severe dust storm, evaluates the numerical weather prediction model performance in predicting the event, and reviews metrics pertaining to the overall impacts on the Operation IRAQI FREEDOM combined air campaign. In general, the numerical model guidance correctly predicted the location and onset of the dust storms on 25 March, 2003. As a result of this forecast guidance, mission planners were able to front load Air Tasking Orders with extra sorties prior to the onset of the dust storm, and were able to make changes to planned weapons loads, favoring GPS-guided munitions.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Air Forceen_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/annalysisofdusts109451325
dc.format.extentxviii, 103 p. : col. maps ;en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/1325
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorOperation IRAQI FREEDOMen_US
dc.subject.authorSouthwest Asiaen_US
dc.subject.authorIraqen_US
dc.subject.authorMiddle Easten_US
dc.subject.authorCase Studyen_US
dc.subject.authorAnalysisen_US
dc.subject.authorDust Stormen_US
dc.subject.authorSand Stormen_US
dc.subject.authorShamalen_US
dc.subject.authorSynoptic Cold Fronten_US
dc.subject.authorExtra-tropical Cycloneen_US
dc.subject.authorNumerical Weather Prediction Modelsen_US
dc.subject.authorNOGAPSen_US
dc.subject.authorCOAMPSen_US
dc.subject.authorGFSen_US
dc.subject.lcshIraq War, 2003-en_US
dc.subject.lcshLogisticsen_US
dc.subject.lcshDust stormsen_US
dc.subject.lcshIraqen_US
dc.subject.lcshForecastingen_US
dc.subject.lcshSandstormsen_US
dc.subject.lcshWeather forecastingen_US
dc.titleAn analysis of a dust storm impacting Operation Iraqi Freedom, 25-27 March 2003en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineMeteorologyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Meteorologyen_US
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