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Taishi Hashimoto, Koji Nishimura, Masaki Tsutsumi, and Toru Sato


Strong meteor trail echoes are interferences in the wind velocity estimates made from mesosphere radar observations. Contaminated spectra are detected by their discontinuity and are removed at the risk of greater fluctuations of spectra, leading to a severe reduction of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and inaccurate wind estimates for weak atmospheric echoes. This paper presents an adaptive signal processing technique for the suppression of spectral contaminations by meteor trail echoes. The method is based on the norm-constrained and directionally constrained minimization of power (NC-DCMP), which balances the capability of canceling the clutter and the robustness of beam shaping, at the cost of a slight decrease in the SNR, which can be determined in advance. Simulation results show that with a 3-dB decrease of the SNR being allowed, the method improves the signal-to-interference ratio (SIR) by 15 dB, giving wind estimates that are about 8 m s−1 better in terms of root-mean-square error and providing 4 times as wide an observable range when compared with the results of the ordinary nonadaptive beamforming method. The results for an actual observation show that the improvement of both the SIR and the observable range are achieved as in the simulations, which implies that the method should provide the simulated accuracy for the estimation of wind velocity from actual observations.

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Taishi Hashimoto, Koji Nishimura, Masaki Tsutsumi, Kaoru Sato, and Toru Sato


This paper presents a novel method for the automatic determination of the diagonal-loading level for robust adaptive beamforming on radar wind profilers. This method balances the degradation of the signal-to-interference ratio with that of the signal-to-noise ratio to maximize the detectability of the backscattered signals. Because radial wind velocities are usually estimated from the first moment of the spectrum of backscattered echoes, both the residual ground clutter and any increase in noise level degrade the detectability of atmospheric echoes. The proposed algorithm evaluates the power spectral density of the residual clutter and increased noise to determine the optimal diagonal-loading level by balancing these two factors. The results of numerical simulation show that, without the need to specify any user parameters, the proposed algorithm is stable and more effective at maximizing the signal-to-interference ratio than the conventional norm-constrained diagonal-loading approach. The stability and clutter suppression capability of the proposed algorithm are examined using data from the Program of the Antarctic Syowa Mesosphere–Stratosphere–Troposphere/Incoherent Scatter Radar.

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Taishi Hashimoto, Akinori Saito, Koji Nishimura, Masaki Tsutsumi, Kaoru Sato, and Toru Sato


The Program of the Antarctic Syowa Mesosphere–Stratosphere–Troposphere/Incoherent Scatter (PANSY) radar is a large atmospheric radar located at the Antarctic Syowa Station (69.01°S, 39.59°E). The PANSY radar performed the first incoherent scatter (IS) measurements in the Antarctic region in 2015. Several specific observations were undertaken in 2017 including a 24-h observation of the ionosphere using a peripheral antenna array to suppress interference from the field-aligned irregularities (FAIs). This paper presents the preliminary results derived from the IS measurements using the PANSY radar and the adaptive signal processing techniques to suppress FAIs. The norm-constrained and directionally constrained minimization of power (NC-DCMP) algorithm was applied to the 24-h ionosphere observations by the PANSY radar with a weighting applied to the directional constraint based on the gain differences of the subarrays. When compared with the conventional nonadaptive approach, the number of usable power profiles was increased by about 24% by the gain-weighted NC-DCMP algorithm, suggesting its effectiveness for FAI clutter suppression in ionosphere observations. Furthermore, detection of FAIs using the dedicated antenna array was found valuable in assessing the reliability of estimations of electron density based on VHF-band IS radar data.

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