This practical textbook introduces the fundamental physics behind radar measurements, to guide students and practitioners in the proper interpretation of radar reflectivity, Doppler velocity and dual-polarization imagery. Operational applications are explored, such as how radar imagery can be used to analyze and forecast convective and widespread weather systems. The book concludes with an overview of current research topics, including the study of clouds and precipitation using radars, signal processing, and data assimilation. Numerous full-color illustrations are included, as well as problem sets, case studies, and a variety of supplementary electronic material including animated time sequences of images to help convey complex concepts. This book is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in radar meteorology and other related courses, such as precipitation microphysics and dynamics. It will also make a useful reference for researchers, professional meteorologists and hydrologists.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.48(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
Frédéric Fabry is an Associate Professor at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, where he teaches topics in radar, meteorology, and the environment. He is also the Director of the Marshall Radar Observatory. His research covers various facets of radar meteorology, from technical aspects such as signal processing to applications of radar in hydrology and in numerical weather modeling, including more traditional radar meteorology research such as the characterization of the melting layer of precipitation. He was awarded the 2004 Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society President Prize for the development of a technique to estimate the refractive index of air using ground targets.
Table of ContentsPreface; List of symbols; List of acronyms; 1. Meteorology and radar; 2. Fundamentals of weather radar measurements; 3. Radar reflectivity and products; 4. Reflectivity patterns; 5. Doppler velocity information; 6. The added value of dual-polarization; 7. Convective storm surveillance; 8. Monitoring widespread systems; 9. Radar estimation of precipitation; 10. Nowcasting; 11. Additional radar measurements and retrievals; 12. Cloud and spaceborne radars; 13. What does radar really measure?; Appendix A. Mathematics and statistics of radar meteorology; References; Index.
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