Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 7, 21–37, 2018
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 7, 21–37, 2018

Research article 30 Jan 2018

Research article | 30 Jan 2018

Airborne polarimetric Doppler weather radar: trade-offs between various engineering specifications

Jothiram Vivekanandan and Eric Loew

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This manuscript describes a next generation airborne radar that has the potential for estimating 3-D winds and also delineating regions of ice and liquid in clouds. It takes advantage of phased array and dual-polarimetric radar technologies for retrieving winds and detecting ice and liquid regions respectively. Engineering discussion in this manuscript forms the basis for designing an optimal phased array radar system. Rapid scanning using a phased array is a critical design requirement.