Nesbitt, Stephen L.

Radar Meteorology: A First Course

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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.


Guide to radar meteorology; understanding radar and meteorology; study of radar and meteorology; radio detection and ranging; reference to radar meteorology; history of radar meteorology; future of radar meteorology; research on radar meteorology; Properties of Electromagnetic Waves; Radar Characteristics; Path of a radar ray; Power and the Radar Reflectivity Factor; Radial Velocity; The Doppler Effect; Dual Polarization Radar; Clear air Echoes; Propagation Effects; Attenuation; Refractivity; Operational Radar Networks; Doppler Velocity Patterns; Single Radar Wind Retrieval; Multiple Doppler wind Retrieval; Precipitation Estimation With Radar; Warm Season Convection; Extratropical Cyclones; Tropical Cyclones; Clouds and Vertical Motions 

John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publication year
Advancing Weather and Climate Science
Page amount
488 pages
Natural Sciences
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