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.2
Crossbeam wind measurements with a phased array Doppler weather radar: theory

Richard J. Doviak - National Severe Storms Laboratory, Guifu Zhang - NCAR, Tian-You Yu - University of Oklahoma

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


Doppler weather radars measure only the radial wind component of wind, and thus are limited in providing accurate information of damaging wind potential. The use of a phased array antenna opens the possibility that crossbeam winds can also be measured. This paper examines and compares two alternatives whereby a phased array weather radar can measure crossbeam winds. The theoretical accuracy of the quasi-horizontal component of the crossbeam wind for each of these alternatives is shown to be strongly dependent on turbulence intensity. Crossbeam winds can be measured with accuracies on the order of 2 m s-1 in less than 10 s if turbulence intensity is less than 1 m s-1.


Dr. Richard J. Doviak - National Severe Storms Laboratory

Dr. Richard J. Doviak - National Severe Storms Laboratory Richard J. Doviak is a senior engineer at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), an Affiliated Professor in the Departments of EE and Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, the IEEE, and the American Meteorological Society. His B.S.E.E. is from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. are from the University of Pennsylvania. At NSSL he was responsible for leading a project to develop 10 cm Doppler weather radars that became the prototype used by the National Weather Service. He has been a visiting professor at the Kyoto University, Japan, and at the Australian National University. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Meteorology, and the Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

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