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The Australian Bureau of Meteorology 1280-MHz Wind Profiler

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  • 1 Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • | 2 Observations and Engineering Branch, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • | 3 Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • | 4 Observations and Engineering Branch, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Abstract

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has constructed a new 1280-MHz radar wind profiler. Key features include a state-of-the-art digital transceiver system and modern peak detection algorithms for obtaining high quality wind estimates, even in the presence of clutter. The design of the radar is described in detail, and the performance of the radar in its current configuration and some examples of the data are given. The paper concludes with the planned upgrades to the system.

Corresponding author address: Dr. P. May, Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, GPO Box 1289K, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia. Email: p.may@bom.gov.au

Abstract

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has constructed a new 1280-MHz radar wind profiler. Key features include a state-of-the-art digital transceiver system and modern peak detection algorithms for obtaining high quality wind estimates, even in the presence of clutter. The design of the radar is described in detail, and the performance of the radar in its current configuration and some examples of the data are given. The paper concludes with the planned upgrades to the system.

Corresponding author address: Dr. P. May, Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, GPO Box 1289K, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia. Email: p.may@bom.gov.au

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