All-weather volume imaging of the boundary layer and troposphere using the MU radar

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R. M. Worthington (2004)
  • Publisher: Copernicus Publications
  • Journal: Annales Geophysicae (issn: 0992-7689, eissn: 1432-0576)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5194/angeo-22-1407-2004
  • Subject: Geophysics. Cosmic physics | Q | [ SDU.STU ] Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Earth Sciences | [ SDU.OCEAN ] Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Ocean, Atmosphere | Science | Physics | QC1-999 | QC801-809

This paper shows the first volume-imaging radar that can run in any weather, revealing the turbulent three-dimensional structure and airflow of convective cells, rain clouds, breaking waves and deep convection as they evolve and move. Precipitation and clear air can be volume-imaged independently. Birds are detected as small high-power echoes moving near horizontal, at different speeds and directions from background wind. The volume-imaging method could be used to create a real-time virtual-reality view of the atmosphere, in effect making the invisible atmosphere visible in any weather.<br><br><b>Key words.</b> Meteorology and atmospheric dynamics (convective processes, turbulence) – Radio science (instruments and techniques)
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