2004 IEEE Radar Conference

Innovative Radar Technologies - Expanding System Capabilities

 April 26-29, 2004 Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Session 6B.1
Advanced geostationary radar for hurricane monitoring and studies

Eastwood Im - Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Wed, 28 April 2004, 10:20 AM - 12:00 PM


The current Geostationary Operational Environ-mental Satellites (GOES) are equipped to make cloud top measurements only. In contrast, a millimeter-wave radar allows 3-D measurements of precipitation associated with hurricanes and other convective systems. It also provide important inputs for numerical weather prediction models for improving the accuracy of weather nowcasting and forecasting. Recently, a novel instrument concept and the associated critical technologies are being developed for a 35-GHz Doppler radar for detailed monitoring of hurricanes and severe storms from a geostationary orbit. This instrument is designed to be capable of producing rainfall rate at 13-km horizontal resolution and 300-m vertical resolution, and the line-of-sight Doppler velocity at 0.3 m/s precision, of the 3-D hurricane structure once per hour throughout its life cycle.


Dr. Eastwood Im - Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Eastwood Im is the Manager of the 94-GHz Cloud Profiling Radar for NASA's CloudSat Mission, and the Supervisor of the Atmospheric Radar Science and Engineering Group at JPL. He is the Principal Investigator and Science Team member of 4 NASA earth science research tasks, including the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, the Global Precipitation Mission, the EOS AQUA Validation, and the Convection and Moisture Experiment. He has also been the Principal Investigator of 3 NASA's earth science instrument technology development tasks, including the Second-Generation Precipitation Radar, Advance Precipitation radar Antenna, and the Geostationary hurricane monitoring radar.

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