The Colorado Wind-Profiling Network

R. G. Strauch NOAA/ERL/Wave Propagation Laboratory, Boulder, CO 80303

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D. A. Merritt NOAA/ERL/Wave Propagation Laboratory, Boulder, CO 80303

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K. P. Moran NOAA/ERL/Wave Propagation Laboratory, Boulder, CO 80303

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Abstract

Remote sensing instrumentation has advanced to the point where serious consideration is being given to a next-generation tropospheric sounding system that uses radars and radiometers to provide profiles of tropospheric variables continuously and automatically. A network of five wind-profiling radars has been constructed in Colorado. This network represents a significant step in the development of a new observing system for operational and research meteorology. The radars and their capabilities and limitations are described.

Abstract

Remote sensing instrumentation has advanced to the point where serious consideration is being given to a next-generation tropospheric sounding system that uses radars and radiometers to provide profiles of tropospheric variables continuously and automatically. A network of five wind-profiling radars has been constructed in Colorado. This network represents a significant step in the development of a new observing system for operational and research meteorology. The radars and their capabilities and limitations are described.

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