Weather and Phased Array Radar Polarimetry

Sunday, lonAD, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Phoenix Convention Center 224B




AMS Short Course on Weather and Phased Radar Polarimetry

6 January 2019, Phoenix, AZ

The AMS Short Course on Weather and Phased Array Radar Polarimetry

will be held on 6 January 2019 preceding the 99th AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site ( <>) in mid-September 2018.  


Radar polarimetry with multi-parameter measurements has matured to the point that it has been implemented on the national network of WSR-88D Doppler radars. While the technology of radar polarimetry has matured, and polarimetric radar data (PRD) are

available nationally and worldwide, radar polarimetry is still in its initial stages for operational usage. There is a lot of room for research and development, especially in using PRD. Phased array technology has recently been introduced to the weather community to increase data update rates to lengthen the lead-time of weather hazard warnings. Polarimetric phased array radar is desirable for future weather observations and multi-mission capabilities.


This short course will provide the background information on weather radar polarimetry and polarimetric phased array radar (PPAR) and their applications, and will introduce the latest advances in research and development of a PPAR that can serve the multiple functions (e.g., weather and aircraft surveillance).

The course will be divided into three parts. The first will provide concepts, principles and applications of weather radar polarimetry. The second part discuss the reasons for polarimetric phased array radar (PPAR) for fast data update, and recent advancements in developing a PPAR for Multi-mission applications. The third part will give students hand-on experience in calculating polarimetric radar variables and processing polarimetric radar data using Matlab®.

The instructor for the course are:

Prof  Guifu Zhang, University of Oklahoma, and

Prof.  Richard J. Doviak, National Severe Storms Laboratory.


A luncheon will be provided during the short course.

Laptops will be required for this course.

For more information please contact Guifu Zhang at OU/SoM., 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 5900,  Norman, OK 73072 (tel: 405-325-3507; email: [email protected]).

Short Course/Workshop Registration

All short course/workshop attendees must register and wear a badge/ribbon. Short course/workshop registration is not included in the 99th Annual Meeting registration, and short course/workshop registration does not include registration for the 99th AMS Annual Meeting.

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