The United Stated Army Corps of Engineers intends to provide
the basic infrastructure and administrative framework for the PILOT Experiment,
and seeks partners who have complementary interests and goals in order to
develop a synergistic research environment for mutual benefit. Present partners
include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service,
the National Ocean Service, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University
of Hawaii and the University of Guam.
While the focus of the PILOT
Experiment is primarily a field investigation, the ultimate goal is better
definition of the physics of the coastal wave, water-level, and terrain
influenced winds, and the improved ability to predict the effects of these
processes. Better definition of the physics will result from analytical,
diagnostic, and prognostic studies. Better predictive ability will result from
improved models, whether analytical, physical, or computer-aided. The PILOT
Experiment provides the data acquisition capability and framework for an
integrated approach to addressing and solving these problems.
Longer term goals include establishing, via partnership,
- a high density anemometer to acquire data on terrain-enhanced winds
- a rain gage network to acquire data on terrain-enhanced precipitation
- Doppler radar derived low-level winds on Guam.
- a local stream-gage network to measure cyclone generated streamflow