Radar-acoustic measurement of temperature using a volume-imaging UHF wind profiler

Paco Lopez Dekker*, Jie Li, Stephen J. Frasier

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The University of Massachusetts Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL) has augmented the Turbulent Eddy Profiler (TEP) with an acoustic source to implement a Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS). TEP is a volume-imaging 915 MHz radar wind profiler. It can be thought of as a densely packed array of 915 MHz wind profilers sharing a common transmitter. Using digital beamforming techniques, TEP simultaneously generates over 40 contiguous beams within a 25 degree field of view. As a result, TEP provides a four-dimensional view (3D volume and time) of atmospheric turbulence structure within a volume of the boundary layer. The addition of RASS capabilities to TEP allows it to measure virtual temperature. In principle, the TEP-RASS system is capable of measuring three-dimensional temperature fields. However, the horizontal resolution is limited in practice by the size of the reflected and acoustically-focused electromagnetic radiation incident on the receiving array. In this paper we present the TEP-RASS system implementation and an assessment of the feasibility of measuring horizontal temperature variations via RASS technique.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Event2000 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: 24 Jul 200028 Jul 2000


Conference2000 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Abbreviated titleIGARSS 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI


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