On the Use of Radars for Operational Wind Profiling

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  • 1 Aeronomy Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, Colo. 80303
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The application of clear-air radars to operational wind profiling is considered. Several alternative techniques for determining atmospheric winds from radars are surveyed and, in light of the current interest in operational applications, the current status of the techniques is summarized and the need for more research and development knowledge before defining any final system configuration stressed. Finally, some possibilities for portable automated systems of the future are suggested.

The application of clear-air radars to operational wind profiling is considered. Several alternative techniques for determining atmospheric winds from radars are surveyed and, in light of the current interest in operational applications, the current status of the techniques is summarized and the need for more research and development knowledge before defining any final system configuration stressed. Finally, some possibilities for portable automated systems of the future are suggested.

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