CANCELLED: AMS Short Course: Millimeter Wavelength Radars: Engineering, Theory and Science Applications


Date: 27 August 2017

Location: Swissôtel, 323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

Description: Millimeter wave radars have been used by the research community for over two decades to study clouds. Historically, the research community has used vertically pointing profiling radars. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of millimeter wave radars deployed around the world. These radars use a variety of configurations that include both scanning and zenith profiling capabilities. In addition to providing spatial mapping of the clouds, many radars have capabilities such as dual-frequency or dual-polarization. Millimeter wave radar systems have significantly different requirements and challenges when compared to traditional weather radars.

The objective of this short course is to introduce millimeter wave radar systems and applications. The course will cover the fundamental principles of radars as applied to millimeter wavelengths, their applications, and techniques for data processing. The lectures will use data from the US Department of Energy’s ARM radars to highlight the concepts and applications. In addition, software tools shall be used for a hands-on session to interact with the radar data.

The instructors for the course are:

Nitin Bharadwaj, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Joseph Hardin, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Brad Isom, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Pavlos Kollias, Stony Brook University

A luncheon will not be provided during the short course.

Computers, laptops or internet access will not be provided for this course.

For more information please contact Nitin Bharadwaj at