Impact of turbulence anisotropy on wind measurement by atmospheric radar (MSc)

Supervisor: Dr. W.K. Hocking

Project Description (Abstract):

This project is designed for students with a interest in improving weather forecasting reliability for all Canadians. 

Windprofiler radars can measure atmospheric winds from close to ground-level up to 10 and more km above the ground. They are important for weather forecasting, storm warnings and severe-weather studies. The theory of their operation assumes that the atmospheric entities that cause the radar scatter are, on average, spherical, but this condition can be violated in conditions of strong wind-shear. The project is aimed at studying the dependence of the winds derived using the radars in conditions of various degrees of turbulence isotropy and anisotropy. 

Interested students need not have expertise in radar, and the focus is on correlative methods using computer software, but the details can be tuned to match the interests of the student.