International Weather-Radar Networking in Western Europe

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During the last few years there has been considerable activity in Western Europe aimed at establishing national radar networks. Concurrent with this work, several bilateral agreements to exchange weather-radar data across national boundaries have been established. Effective international cooperation was stimulated by the European Economic Community (EEC) sponsored COST Project 72 and this has led to the setting up of a continuation project of weather-radar networking known as COST-73. In this paper, the aims of the COST-72 project and the degree to which they were achieved are outlined. A foundation was developed upon which the new COST-73 project has begun to build.

1 Meteorological Office, Bracknell, UK; Chairman of COST-73.

2 Meteorological Office, Bracknell, UK.

3 CNS Scientific & Engineering Services, Tresillian House, 20 Eldon Road, Reading, UK; Consultant to the COST-73 Committee.

During the last few years there has been considerable activity in Western Europe aimed at establishing national radar networks. Concurrent with this work, several bilateral agreements to exchange weather-radar data across national boundaries have been established. Effective international cooperation was stimulated by the European Economic Community (EEC) sponsored COST Project 72 and this has led to the setting up of a continuation project of weather-radar networking known as COST-73. In this paper, the aims of the COST-72 project and the degree to which they were achieved are outlined. A foundation was developed upon which the new COST-73 project has begun to build.

1 Meteorological Office, Bracknell, UK; Chairman of COST-73.

2 Meteorological Office, Bracknell, UK.

3 CNS Scientific & Engineering Services, Tresillian House, 20 Eldon Road, Reading, UK; Consultant to the COST-73 Committee.

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