Rader Meteorology  (191032)
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Type 1 Subject
Instructor  :  Professor TAKAHASHI, Nobuhiro
Credits  :  2
Class schedule  :  Mon.   2nd
Classroom  :  Lecture Room 301/Common Building, Graduate School of Environmental Studies
Development of remote sensing technology is indispensable for the improvement of weather prediction model and better understanding of meteorological phenomena. The purpose of this lecture is to understand the principle of weather observation using weather radar and to learn analysis method using weather radar data
For the researches using weather radar, basic knowledge of electromagnetism, electrical engineering, and meteorology is necessary, so the basis of these fields will be included in the lecture. Since weather radar is used as observation by ground radar, observation by airborne/spaceborne radar, practical training of fundamental analytical techniques is carried out using observed data

The lecture starts with the guidance and the lecture of 5 themes are follow.
(1) Overview of the whole lecture as a guidance and principle of the weather radar
Learn the basic principle of weather radar and the role of radar in meteorology.
(2) Foundations of electromagnetism / scattering theory in radar
Learn the fundamentals of electromagnetism and scattering theory that are necessary to understand weather radar
(3) Radar equation
Learn radar observation principle via radar equation
(4) Foundations of radar hardware
Learn the hardware system and its role in the radar.
(5) Radar application (analysis method)
Learn what kind of physical quantity can be extracted using radar
(6) Radar analysis (ground-based radar data and spaceborne radar)
As a summary, we analyze using actual radar data.
Grading Criteria
Number of attendance at lecture and answer/report to the problems during the lecture.
Course Textbook
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
Battan, L. J., 1973: Radar Observation of the Atmosphere, The Univ. Chicago Press, 324 pp.
Doviak, R. J. and D. Zrnic, 1993: Doppler radar and weather observations 2nd Ed., Academic Press, 562 pp.
Bringi, V. N. and V. Chandrasekar, 2001: Polarimetric Doppler weather radar --- principles and applications, Cambridge Univ. Press, 636 pp.
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials : Partially in English
▪ Oral explanations : Japanese only
▪ Questions in English : Available
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s)
F3-3 629