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35th Conference on Radar Meteorology

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Short Course on Millimeter Wavelength Radars

25 September 2011, Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsored by the ARM Program

This short course is full. Please contact Jen Ives at to be put on a waiting list.

The AMS Short Course on Millimeter Wavelength Radars will be held on 25 September 2011 preceding the 35th AMS Conference on Radar Meteorology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  This course is sponsored by the ARM Program. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site at the beginning of June 2011.  
Millimeter wavelength (cloud) radar technology has advanced significantly in the last two decades. This has lead to the development of a large number of sophisticated profiling and scanning cloud radar platforms. Today, millimeter-wavelength radar observations are widely and freely available from ground-based (e.g., ARM, Cloudnet), airborne (e.g., Wyoming King Air, NASA/ER-2) and space-based (e.g., CloudSat) platforms. Cloud radars bridge an observational gap in Earth's hydrological cycle by adequately detecting clouds and precipitation thus offering a unique and more holistic view of the water cycle in action. Using cloud radars as a keyhole in cloud-scale processes and in synergy with other optical or microwave sensors we can study a wide range of dynamical and microphysical processes.

The goal of the course is to provide sufficient background information on mm-wavelength radars systems, signal processing and radar observables. The advantages of non-Rayleigh scattering and the use of multi-wavelength and polarimetric radar observations from different observing platforms will be presented to provide an overview of applications in atmospheric research. Synergetic studies using other optical and microwave sensors will be also covered. Special emphasis will be given to spaceborne systems and applications. The course is aimed at students and scientists interest in cloud and precipitation research who desire to have a strong introduction to cloud radars, their capabilities and applications in atmospheric research.

The course format consists of one day of lectures followed by three hours of hands on laboratory session on profiling radar Doppler spectra. The lectures will cover the fundamental aspects of millimeter wavelength radars, with emphasis on ground-based and spaceborne applications.  The hands on laboratory session will consist of interactive activities using a spectral browser to facilitate the viewing and analysis of radar Doppler spectra, a forward radar Doppler spectra model to illustrate the role of scattering (Bragg, Rayleigh and non-Rayleigh), microphysics and dynamics on the shape of the radar Doppler spectrum and practical procedures, and methodologies on how to retrieved dynamical and microphysical information using the radar Doppler spectra. The instructor for the course is:

Prof P. Kollias, McGill University. He will be joined by Dr. Simone Tanelli (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and members of the radar group of the US DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurements (ARM) program: Nitin Bharadwaj (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Edward Luke and Karen Johnson (Brookhaven National Laboratory), and David Leon (University of Wyoming).

This 1-day short course is sponsored by the ARM Program. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first served basis until 16 September 2011 or until the 50-student cap is reached. There will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION and no refunds after 9 September 2011. Badges with an orange short course flag must be worn at all times during the course.

A luncheon will be provided during the short course and coffee will be available during the breaks. Access to internet and use of student-supplied laptops is required for this course. Memory sticks with the class material and software tools for the hands on laboratory will be distributed.
For more information please contact P. Kollias at McGill University, 805 Sherbrooke Street West Montreal Quebec, H3A 2K6 Canada (phone: 514-398-1500, email:

Flying to Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh International Airport is approx. 17 miles and a 30-minute drive from the Omni William Penn Hotel.

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