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Short course on Weather Radar Fundamentals


Tian-You Yu (University of Oklahoma)               
David Bodine (University of Oklahoma)

Weather radar has played a critical role in monitoring hazardous and severe storms, precipitation measurements, understanding of weather processes, etc. In this short course, basic radar operation principels will be first introduced. Subsequently, weather radar system, subsystems, their functionality and design trade-offs will be presented. Basic polarimetric weather radar products including spectral moments and dual-polarization variables will be defined and discussed. High-level signal processing to generate those radar products will be presented. Advanced topics in weather radar technologies including pulse compression, phased array, etc. will be introduced.