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rwp > Radar Wind ProfilerInstrument Type(s) > Baseline • External • Guest

The radar wind profiler/radio acoustic sounding system (RWP/RASS), available in 915-MHz (for U.S. deployments) and 1290-MHz (for foreign deployments), measures wind profiles and backscattered signal strength between (nominally) 0.1 km and 5 km and virtual temperature profiles between 0.1 km and 2.5 km. However, ARM no longer operates the RASS portion.

The RWP transmits electromagnetic energy into the atmosphere in as many as five directions (four tilted in opposing vertical planes and on vertical) and measures the strength and frequency of backscattered energy. Calculation of the Doppler shift of the returned signal allows calculation of the atmospheric wind profile.

Purpose

Data provides a simplified set to 915 Radar Wind Profiler moments which include a calibrated reflectivity.

Locations

  • Fixed
  • AMF1
  • AMF2
  • AMF3

Data Details

Developed By Jonathan Helmus | Virendra Ghate | Frederic Tridon
Contact Jonathan Helmus
Resource(s) Data Directory
ReadMe
Data format netcdf, png
Content time range 27 October 1993 - 27 June 2022
Attribute accuracy No formal attribute accuracy tests were conducted.
Positional accuracy No formal positional accuracy tests were conducted.
Data Consistency and Completeness Data set is considered complete for the information presented, as described in the abstract.Users are advised to read the rest of the metadata record carefully for addtional details.
Access Restriction No access constraints are associated with this data.
Use Restriction No use constraints are associated with this data.
File naming convention Follows ARM standards ending with .nc for the data and .png for a related quicklooks.
Directory Organization Flat directory structure.
Citations Tridon et al. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 2013, 30, 1038.

2022

Skow A, M Poellot, D Delene, M Askelson, K North, and M Oue. 2022. "A Multi-Platform In Situ Kinematic and Microphysical Analysis of a Hybrid Parallel–Trailing Stratiform Mesoscale Convective System." Monthly Weather Review, 150(4), 10.1175/MWR-D-21-0009.1.

Geerts B, S Giangrande, G McFarquhar, L Xue, S Abel, J Comstock, S Crewell, P DeMott, K Ebell, P Field, T Hill, A Hunzinger, M Jensen, K Johnson, T Juliano, P Kollias, B Kosovic, C Lackner, E Luke, C Lüpkes, A Matthews, R Neggers, M Ovchinnikov, H Powers, M Shupe, T Spengler, B Swanson, M Tjernström, A Theisen, N Wales, Y Wang, M Wendisch, and P Wu. 2022. "The COMBLE campaign: a study of marine boundary-layer clouds in Arctic cold-air outbreaks." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, , 10.1175/BAMS-D-21-0044.1.

Williams C. 2022. "How Much Attenuation Extinguishes mm-Wave Vertically Pointing Radar Return Signals?" Remote Sensing, 14(6), 1305, 10.3390/rs14061305.

Shupe M, M Rex, B Blomquist, P Persson, J Schmale, T Uttal, D Althausen, H Angot, S Archer, L Bariteau, I Beck, J Bilberry, S Bucci, C Buck, M Boyer, Z Brasseur, I Brooks, R Calmer, J Cassano, V Castro, D Chu, D Costa, C Cox, J Creamean, S Crewell, S Dahlke, E Damm, G de Boer, H Deckelmann, K Dethloff, M Dütsch, K Ebell, A Ehrlich, J Ellis, R Engelmann, A Fong, M Frey, M Gallagher, L Ganzeveld, R Gradinger, J Graeser, V Greenamyer, H Griesche, S Griffiths, J Hamilton, G Heinemann, D Helmig, A Herber, C Heuzé, J Hofer, T Houchens, D Howard, J Inoue, H Jacobi, R Jaiser, T Jokinen, O Jourdan, G Jozef, W King, A Kirchgaessner, M Klingebiel, M Krassovski, T Krumpen, A Lampert, W Landing, T Laurila, D Lawrence, M Lonardi, B Loose, C Lüpkes, M Maahn, A Macke, W Maslowski, C Marsay, M Maturilli, M Mech, S Morris, M Moser, M Nicolaus, P Ortega, J Osborn, F Pätzold, D Perovich, T Petäjä, C Pilz, R Pirazzini, K Posman, H Powers, K Pratt, A Preußer, L Quéléver, M Radenz, B Rabe, A Rinke, T Sachs, A Schulz, H Siebert, T Silva, A Solomon, A Sommerfeld, G Spreen, M Stephens, A Stohl, G Svensson, J Uin, J Viegas, C Voigt, P von der Gathen, B Wehner, J Welker, M Wendisch, M Werner, Z Xie, and F Yue. 2022. "Overview of the MOSAiC expedition—Atmosphere." Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 10(1), 10.1525/elementa.2021.00060.
Research Highlight

Tian Y, Y Zhang, and S Klein. 2022. "What determines the number and the timing of pulses in afternoon precipitation in the Green Ocean Amazon (GoAmazon) observations?" Geophysical Research Letters, 49(2), e2021GL096075, 10.1029/2021GL096075.


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