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The Atmospheric Imaging Radar (AIR) for high-resolution observations of severe weather

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10 Author(s)
Isom, B. ; Sch. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA ; Palmer, R. ; Kelley, R. ; Meier, J.
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Rapid updates are a highly desired feature in the field of mobile weather radars. Various techniques have been used to improve volume update times, including the use of agile and multi-beam radars. Imaging radars, similar in some respects to phased arrays, steer the radar beam in software, thus requiring no physical motion. In contrast to phased arrays, imaging radars gather data for an entire volume simultaneously within the field-of-view (FOV) of the radar, which is defined by the broad transmit beam. As a result, imaging radars provide update rates exceeding those of existing mobile radars, including phased arrays. The Atmospheric Radar Research Center (ARRC) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently engaged in the design and fabrication of the world's first mobile imaging weather radar.

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Radar Conference (RADAR), 2011 IEEE

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23-27 May 2011