Terrain and Spatial Effects on a Hazard Prediction and Assessment Capability Software Dose-Rate Contour Plot Predictions as Compared to a Sample of Local Fallout Data from Test Detonations in the Continental United States, 1945-1962 by Kevin D Pace (Paperback / softback, 2012)
Hazard Prediction and Capability (HPAC) Software is validated by comparing modeled predictions to historical test data. Reanalysis weather data is acquired and reformatted for use in HPAC. Simulations are made using various amounts of weather data by use of a spatial domain. Simulations are also varied by levels of terrain resolution. The predicted output of the software is numerically compared to historical test data. The result of this research culminated in the kwledge that HPAC prediction accuracy is improved by using terrain resolutions beyond the flat earth assumption. Furthermore, this research establishes that domain size variation produces significant advantage as to the accuracy of the prediction.