Volume-imaging UHF radar measurement of atmospheric turbulence

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

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Turbulent Eddy Profiler (TEP) is a volume-imaging 915 MHz radar designed for atmospheric boundary-layer turbulence studies. TEP is a pulsed, phased-array radar using digital beamforming techniques to provide four-dimensional images of refractive index fluctuations and wind vectors on grid scales comparable to those of large-eddy simulations. During October 1999, TEP was deployed during the Cooperative Atmospheric Surface Exchange Study (CASES'99) held near Wichita, KS. In this paper we present observations from this experiment which focused on the evolution and dynamics of the stably-stratified nocturnal boundary layer. Unlike the convective boundary layer, radar echoes are characterized by intermittent bursts of shear-induced turbulence. The scales of turbulence features are generally smaller than the resolution of the UHF radar. This is demonstrated by comparison with a co-located S-band FMCW radar. Estimation of turbulence intensity is also complicated by the presence of significant bird and insect scatter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
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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