Mapping of Airborne Doppler Radar Data

Wen-Chau Lee National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

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Peter Dodge Hurricane Research Division, NOAA/AOML, Miami, Florida

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Frank D. Marks Jr. Hurricane Research Division, NOAA/AOML, Miami, Florida

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Peter H. Hildebrand National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

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Abstract

Two sets of equations are derived to 1) map airborne Doppler radar data from an aircraft-relative coordinate system to an earth-relative coordinate system, and 2) remove the platform motion from the observed Doppler velocities. These equations can be applied to data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration WP-3D system, the National Center for Atmospheric Research ELDORA system, and other airborne radar systems.

Abstract

Two sets of equations are derived to 1) map airborne Doppler radar data from an aircraft-relative coordinate system to an earth-relative coordinate system, and 2) remove the platform motion from the observed Doppler velocities. These equations can be applied to data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration WP-3D system, the National Center for Atmospheric Research ELDORA system, and other airborne radar systems.

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