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Volume 22, issue 5
Ann. Geophys., 22, 1407–1419, 2004
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-22-1407-2004
© Author(s) 2004. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Ann. Geophys., 22, 1407–1419, 2004
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-22-1407-2004
© Author(s) 2004. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  08 Apr 2004

08 Apr 2004

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

R. M. Worthington R. M. Worthington
  • Radio Science Center for Space and Atmosphere (RASC), Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan
  • Also at: Institute of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, SY23 3BZ, Wales, UK

Abstract. 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.

Key words. Meteorology and atmospheric dynamics (convective processes, turbulence) – Radio science (instruments and techniques)

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