Numerical weather monitoring is used for more than simply predicting the weather. For Alex Clark, Director of Advanced Sensor Systems at EngeniusMicro, numerical weather modeling, especially gathering data below 120 meters, is an essential part of work Clark and his team are conducting on behalf of the Space Missile Defense Command (SMDC) and their interest in propagating high-energy lasers in lower earth atmosphere. By estimating the Refractive-Index Structure Coefficient or optical turbulence using numerical weather modeling predictions, they hope to estimate high-energy system effectiveness. (Click here to read more.)