VHF and UHF Doppler Radars as Tools for Synoptic Research

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Applications of VHF and UHF Doppler radars to research in synoptic meteorology are reviewed. We find that these radars show great potential for studies of large scales, but the area of research where the instruments really excel is in studying the interaction between the synoptic scale and the mesoscale. Several examples of results in both these areas are presented. Finally, the potential for operational use of the radar systems is discussed.

1 School of Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 14853.

2 EISCAT Scientific Association, Box 705, S-98127 Kiruna, Sweden. On leave from Max Planck Institüt für Aeronomie, 3411 Katlenburg-Lindau 3, Federal Republic of Germany.

Applications of VHF and UHF Doppler radars to research in synoptic meteorology are reviewed. We find that these radars show great potential for studies of large scales, but the area of research where the instruments really excel is in studying the interaction between the synoptic scale and the mesoscale. Several examples of results in both these areas are presented. Finally, the potential for operational use of the radar systems is discussed.

1 School of Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 14853.

2 EISCAT Scientific Association, Box 705, S-98127 Kiruna, Sweden. On leave from Max Planck Institüt für Aeronomie, 3411 Katlenburg-Lindau 3, Federal Republic of Germany.

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