Reconstructing the prevailing meteorological and optical environment during the time of the Titanic disaster

Sukanta Basu, Christopher G. Nunalee, Ping He, Steven T. Fiorino, Mikhail A. Vorontsov

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Abstract

In this paper, we reconstruct the meteorological and optical environment during the time of Titanic's disaster utilizing a state-of-the-art meteorological model, a ray-tracing code, and a unique public-domain dataset called the Twentieth Century Global Reanalysis. With high fidelity, our simulation captured the occurrence of an unusually high Arctic pressure system over the disaster site with calm wind. It also reproduced the movement of a polar cold front through the region bringing a rapid drop in air temperature. The simulated results also suggest that unusual meteorological conditions persisted several hours prior to the Titanic disaster which contributed to super-refraction and intermittent optical turbulence. However, according to the simulations, such anomalous conditions were not present at the time of the collision of Titanic with an iceberg.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaser Communication and Propagation Through the Atmosphere and Oceans III
PublisherSPIE
Volume9224
ISBN (Electronic)9781628412512
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventLaser Communication and Propagation Through the Atmosphere and Oceans III - San Diego, United States
Duration: 17 Aug 201419 Aug 2014

Conference

ConferenceLaser Communication and Propagation Through the Atmosphere and Oceans III
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period17/08/1419/08/14

Keywords

  • Mesoscale Modeling
  • Optical Turbulence
  • Ray Tracing
  • Refraction

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