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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437960/wind-ranging-and-velocimetry-with-low-peak-power-and-long-duration-modulated-laser
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Eiichi Yoshikawa, Tomoo Ushio
A novel approach to simultaneous wind ranging and velocimetry using low peak power, long-duration modulated laser pulse transmissions is proposed. Received signals backscattered by aerosol particles are processed by a multi-reference matched-filter (MRMF) which performs matched filter processing between the received signal and several reference signals in parallel and outputs a range-velocity profile of received power. Ranging and velocimetry are performed simultaneously by estimating received power, radial velocity, and velocity dispersion from a velocity profile at an arbitrary range in the range-velocity profile...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436491/extratropical-forcing-triggered-the-2015-madden-julian-oscillation-el-ni%C3%A3-o-event
#2
Chi-Cherng Hong, Huang-Hsiung Hsu, Wan-Ling Tseng, Ming-Ying Lee, Chun-Hoe Chow, Li-Chiang Jiang
In this paper, we report the triggering effect of extratropical perturbation on the onset of an atypical Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) and onset of the 2015-16 El Niño in March 2015. The MJO exhibited several unique characteristics: the effect of extratropical forcing, atypical genesis location and timing in the equatorial western Pacific, and the extremity of amplitudes in many aspects. The southward-penetrating northerly associated with the extratropical disturbances in the extratropical western North Pacific contributed to triggering the deep convection and westerly wind burst (WWB) and onset of the MJO over the anomalously warm tropical western Pacific in early March...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435865/time-reversal-symmetry-breaking-superconductivity-in-epitaxial-bismuth-nickel-bilayers
#3
Xinxin Gong, Mehdi Kargarian, Alex Stern, Di Yue, Hexin Zhou, Xiaofeng Jin, Victor M Galitski, Victor M Yakovenko, Jing Xia
Superconductivity that spontaneously breaks time-reversal symmetry (TRS) has been found, so far, only in a handful of three-dimensional (3D) crystals with bulk inversion symmetry. We report an observation of spontaneous TRS breaking in a 2D superconducting system without inversion symmetry: the epitaxial bilayer films of bismuth and nickel. The evidence comes from the onset of the polar Kerr effect at the superconducting transition in the absence of an external magnetic field, detected by the ultrasensitive loop-less fiber-optic Sagnac interferometer...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433768/response-of-evapotranspiration-to-changes-in-land-use-and-land-cover-and-climate-in-china-during-2001-2013
#4
Gen Li, Fangmin Zhang, Yuanshu Jing, Yibo Liu, Ge Sun
Land surface evapotranspiration (ET) is a central component of the Earth's global energy balance and water cycle. Understanding ET is important in quantifying the impacts of human influences on the hydrological cycle and thus helps improving water use efficiency and strengthening water use planning and watershed management. China has experienced tremendous land use and land cover changes (LUCC) as a result of urbanization and ecological restoration under a broad background of climate change. This study used MODIS data products to analyze how LUCC and climate change affected ET in China in the period 2001-2013...
April 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432909/source-receptor-relationships-for-pm2-5-during-typical-pollution-episodes-in-the-pearl-river-delta-city-cluster-china
#5
Yiming Liu, Yingying Hong, Qi Fan, Xuemei Wang, Pakwai Chan, Xiaoyang Chen, Anqi Lai, Mingjie Wang, Xunlai Chen
Located in the Southern China monsoon region, pollution days in Pearl River Delta (PRD) were classified into "Western type", "Central type" or "Eastern type", with a relative percentage of 67%, 24% and 9%, respectively. Using this classification system, three typical pollution events were selected for numerical simulations using the WRF-Chem model. The source sensitivity method for anthropogenic emissions of PM2.5 and its precursors was applied to identify the source-receptor relationships for PM2.5 among 9 cities in PRD...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430520/wind-generated-rogue-waves-in-an-annular-wave-flume
#6
A Toffoli, D Proment, H Salman, J Monbaliu, F Frascoli, M Dafilis, E Stramignoni, R Forza, M Manfrin, M Onorato
We investigate experimentally the statistical properties of a wind-generated wave field and the spontaneous formation of rogue waves in an annular flume. Unlike many experiments on rogue waves where waves are mechanically generated, here the wave field is forced naturally by wind as it is in the ocean. What is unique about the present experiment is that the annular geometry of the tank makes waves propagating circularly in an unlimited-fetch condition. Within this peculiar framework, we discuss the temporal evolution of the statistical properties of the surface elevation...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430260/optical-performance-enhancement-of-chip-on-board-light-emitting-diodes-through-ionic-wind-patterning
#7
Jiading Wu, Jingcao Chu, Zefeng Zhang, Jiahui Huang, Huai Zheng, Sheng Liu
Due to the total internal reflection at the upper interface of the encapsulation layer, the light extraction efficiency (LEE) of chip-on-board packaging light-emitting diodes is attenuated significantly. It is well known that the LEE can be enhanced by patterning the encapsulation layer. In this study, a novel method of patterning the encapsulation layer, which is based on the interaction between the ionic wind and liquid encapsulation, is proposed and demonstrated. Two kinds of encapsulation patterns, namely dual stripe and meniscus, were fabricated successfully...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430223/data-processing-error-analysis-based-on-doppler-asymmetric-spatial-heterodyne-measurement
#8
Jing Shen, Wei Xiong, Hai-Liang Shi, Hai-Yan Luo, Zhi-Wei Li, Guang-Xiao Hu, Xue-Jing Fang
The Doppler asymmetric spatial heterodyne (DASH) interferometer provides the capability to retrieve wind speed in the upper atmosphere. The data processing leads to a significant retrieving error with the development of wind precision. The influence of window parameters on the isolated interferogram is analyzed theoretically. Based on the derivation, the system is established, and the interferogram with a small shift is sampled. The phase and wind speed are calculated under various window types and window width values...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430119/influence-of-wind-speed-on-rgb-d-images-in-tree-plantations
#9
Dionisio Andújar, José Dorado, José María Bengochea-Guevara, Jesús Conesa-Muñoz, César Fernández-Quintanilla, Ángela Ribeiro
Weather conditions can affect sensors' readings when sampling outdoors. Although sensors are usually set up covering a wide range of conditions, their operational range must be established. In recent years, depth cameras have been shown as a promising tool for plant phenotyping and other related uses. However, the use of these devices is still challenged by prevailing field conditions. Although the influence of lighting conditions on the performance of these cameras has already been established, the effect of wind is still unknown...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425926/chemical-source-localization-fusing-concentration-information-in-the-presence-of-chemical-background-noise
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Víctor Pomareda, Rudys Magrans, Juan M Jiménez-Soto, Dani Martínez, Marcel Tresánchez, Javier Burgués, Jordi Palacín, Santiago Marco
We present the estimation of a likelihood map for the location of the source of a chemical plume dispersed under atmospheric turbulence under uniform wind conditions. The main contribution of this work is to extend previous proposals based on Bayesian inference with binary detections to the use of concentration information while at the same time being robust against the presence of background chemical noise. For that, the algorithm builds a background model with robust statistics measurements to assess the posterior probability that a given chemical concentration reading comes from the background or from a source emitting at a distance with a specific release rate...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423421/efficacy-of-some-wearable-devices-compared-with-spray-on-insect-repellents-for-the-yellow-fever-mosquito-aedes-aegypti-l-diptera-culicidae
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Stacy D Rodriguez, Hae-Na Chung, Kristina K Gonzales, Julia Vulcan, Yiyi Li, Jorge A Ahumada, Hector M Romero, Mario De La Torre, Fangjun Shu, Immo A Hansen
The current Zika health crisis in the Americas has created an intense interest in mosquito control methods and products. Mosquito vectors of Zika are of the genus Aedes, mainly the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. L. The use of repellents to alter mosquito host seeking behavior is an effective method for the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases. A large number of different spray-on repellents and wearable repellent devices are commercially available. The efficacies of many repellents are unknown. This study focuses on the efficacy of eleven different repellents in reducing the number of Ae...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422681/fast-median-filtering-for-phase-or-orientation-data
#12
Martin Storath, Andreas Weinmann
Median filtering is among the most utilized tools for smoothing real-valued data, as it is robust, edge-preserving, valuepreserving, and yet can be computed efficiently. For data living on the unit circle, such as phase data or orientation data, a filter with similar properties is desirable. For these data, there is no unique means to define a median; so we discuss various possibilities. The arc distance median turns out to be the only variant which leads to robust, edge-preserving and value-preserving smoothing...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421520/evaluation-of-passive-sampling-of-gaseous-mercury-using-different-sorbing-materials
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Huiming Lin, Wei Zhang, Chunyan Deng, Yingdong Tong, Qianggong Zhang, Xuejun Wang
Atmospheric mercury monitoring is essential because of its potential human health and ecological impacts. Current automated monitoring systems include limitations such as high cost, complicated configuration, and electricity requirements. Passive samplers require no electric power and are more appropriate for screening applications and long-term monitoring. Sampling rate is a major factor to evaluate the performance of a passive sampler. In this study, laboratory experiments were carried out using an exposure chamber to search for high efficiency sorbents for gaseous mercury...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420472/-analysis-of-the-onset-time-of-acute-aortic-dissection-and-the-influence-of-climate-on-acute-aortic-dissection-occurrence-in-urumqi-city-a-retrospective-study-of-a-single-center
#14
Jing Shi, Zixiang Yu, Yitong Ma, Liu Yang, Jun Peng, Xiang Ma, Yining Yang, Feng Liu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the time characteristics of acute aortic dissection (AAD) in Urumqi and its peripheral areas in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, and to explore the effect of meteorological conditions on the onset of AAD. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of the related data of the adult AAD patients diagnosed by imaging examination, and admitted to the First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University from March 2010 to July 2016 was performed. The onset time, the contemporaneous meteorological data, including daily minimum, average, and the highest temperature, daily average air pressure, daily average relative humidity, daily precipitation, daily average wind speed, daily maximum wind speed, and sunshine duration per day were collected...
April 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420407/understanding-phlebotomus-perniciosus-abundance-in-south-east-spain-assessing-the-role-of-environmental-and-anthropic-factors
#15
José Risueño, Clara Muñoz, Pedro Pérez-Cutillas, Elena Goyena, Moisés Gonzálvez, María Ortuño, Luis Jesús Bernal, Juana Ortiz, Bulent Alten, Eduardo Berriatua
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniosis is associated with Phlebotomus sand fly vector density, but our knowledge of the environmental framework that regulates highly overdispersed vector abundance distributions is limited. We used a standardized sampling procedure in the bioclimatically diverse Murcia Region in Spain and multilevel regression models for count data to estimate P. perniciosus abundance in relation to environmental and anthropic factors. METHODS: Twenty-five dog and sheep premises were sampled for sand flies using adhesive and light-attraction traps, from late May to early October 2015...
April 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418218/regulation-of-salt-marsh-mosquito-populations-by-the-18-6-year-lunar-nodal-cycle
#16
Ilia Rochlin, James T Morris
The 18.6-year lunar-nodal cycle drives changes in tidal amplitude globally, affecting coastal habitat formation, species and communities inhabiting rocky shores, and salt marsh vegetation. However, the cycle's influence on salt marsh fauna lacked sufficient long-term data for testing its effect. We circumvented this problem by using salt marsh mosquito records obtained over a period of over four decades in two estuaries in the northeastern USA. Salt marsh mosquito habitat is near the highest tide level where the impact of the nodal cycle on flood frequency is greatest...
April 18, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417282/coastal-modification-of-a-scene-employing-multispectral-images-and-vector-operators
#17
Jorge Lira
Changes in sea level, wind patterns, sea current patterns, and tide patterns have produced morphologic transformations in the coastline area of Tamaulipas Sate in North East Mexico. Such changes generated a modification of the coastline and variations of the texture-relief and texture of the continental area of Tamaulipas. Two high-resolution multispectral satellite Satellites Pour l'Observation de la Terre images were employed to quantify the morphologic change of such continental area. The images cover a time span close to 10 years...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416727/remotely-distinguishing-and-mapping-endogenic-water-on-the-moon
#18
Rachel L Klima, Noah E Petro
Water and/or hydroxyl detected remotely on the lunar surface originates from several sources: (i) comets and other exogenous debris; (ii) solar-wind implantation; (iii) the lunar interior. While each of these sources is interesting in its own right, distinguishing among them is critical for testing hypotheses for the origin and evolution of the Moon and our Solar System. Existing spacecraft observations are not of high enough spectral resolution to uniquely characterize the bonding energies of the hydroxyl molecules that have been detected...
May 28, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415002/experimental-and-numerical-study-of-liquefied-natural-gas-lng-pool-spreading-and-vaporization-on-water
#19
Nirupama Gopalaswami, Konstantinos Kakosimos, Bin Zhang, Yi Liu, R Mentzer, M Sam Mannan
The investigation of pool spreading and vaporization phenomenon is an essential part of consequence analysis to determine the severity of LNG spills on water. In this study, release of LNG on water during marine operations is studied through experimental and numerical methods The study involves emulation of an LNG leak from transfer arms during side by side loading operations. The experimental part involves flow of LNG in a narrow trench filled with water and subsequent measurement of pool spreading and vaporization parameters...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414338/open-path-spectroscopic-methane-detection-using-a-broadband-monolithic-distributed-feedback-quantum-cascade-laser-array
#20
Anna P M Michel, Jason Kapit, Mark F Witinski, Romain Blanchard
Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that has both natural and anthropogenic sources. The ability to measure methane using an integrated path length approach such as an open/long-path length sensor would be beneficial in several environments for examining anthropogenic and natural sources, including tundra landscapes, rivers, lakes, landfills, estuaries, fracking sites, pipelines, and agricultural sites. Here a broadband monolithic distributed feedback-quantum cascade laser array was utilized as the source for an open-path methane sensor...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
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