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Radar Meteorology: A First Course

ISBN: 978-1-118-43262-4
472 pages
May 2018, Wiley-Blackwell
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A comprehensive introduction to the current technology and application of radar in meteorology and atmospheric sciences

Written by leading experts in the field, Radar Meteorology, A first Course offers an introduction to meteorological radar systems and applications, with emphasis on observation and interpretation of physical processes in clouds and weather systems. This comprehensive introduction to the subject offers an overview of the quantities essential to radar meteorology including the radar reflectivity factor, and Doppler, dual-polarization, and multi-wavelength radar variables. The authors highlight wind retrieval from single and multiple Doppler radars, precipitation estimation and hydrometeorological applications, with chapters dedicated to interpretation of radar data from warm season mid-latitude severe weather, winter storms, tropical cyclones and more.

In addition, Radar Meteorology highlights research applications of this burgeoning technology, exploring dynamic applications such as space-borne and ground-based vertically pointing radar systems, and cloud, airborne and mobile radars.  As meteorological radars are increasingly used professionally for weather observation, forecasting and warning, this much-needed text: 

•    Presents an introduction to the technical aspects and current application of radar as used in the meteorology and atmospheric sciences

•    Contains full-colour illustrations that enhance the understanding of the material presented

•    Examines the wide-range of meteorological applications of radar

•    Includes problems at the end of each chapter as a helpful review of the contents

•    Provides full instructor support with all illustrations and answers to problems available via the book’s instructor website. 

Radar Meteorology offers a much-needed introductory text to the study of radar as applied to meteorology. The text was designed for a one semester course based on the authors’ own course in Radar Meteorology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Table of Contents



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Ch 1 Properties of Electromagnetic Waves

Ch 2 Radar Hardware

Ch 3 Radar Characteristics

Ch 4 The Path of a radar ray

Ch 5 Power and the Radar Reflectivity Factor

Ch 6 Radial Velocity –The Doppler Effect

Ch 7 Dual Polarization Radar

Ch 8 Clean air Echoes

Ch 9 Propagation Effects : Attenuation and Refractivity

Ch 10 Operational Radar Networks

Ch 11 Doppler Velocity Patterns and Single Radar Wind Retrieval

Ch 12 Multiple Doppler wind Retreival

Ch 13 Precipitation Esitmation With Radar

Ch 14 Warm Season Convection

Ch 15 Extratropical Cyclones

Ch 16 Tropical Cyclones

Ch 17 Clouds and Vertical Motions

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Author Information

Robert M Rauber, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Stephen W Nesbitt, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

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