This course will provide a broad overview of the hardware/theory behind the application of meteorological radar data. The course will begin with a short history of radar meteorology, which will be followed by a brief summary of the radar hardware and theory applicable to meteorological use and interpretation - beam spreading, ducting, anomalous propagation, etc. The differences between reflectivity, Doppler, and polarimetric measurements will also be discussed. Much of the remainder of the course will be used to cover the different levels of NEXRAD data, the available products for each level, algorithms used to automatically analyze these data, and application to real world problems, such as quantitative precipitation estimates and severe local storms detection. Fall term. Prerequisite: undergraduate degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science or consent of the instructor.
*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.