Feb 23, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024
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GEOG 4035 - Introduction to Meteorological Radar Systems, Observations, and Techniques

This course will provide an introduction to standard and dual-polarization weather radar systems, interpretation of data collected from such systems, and application techniques utilized for various meteorological purposes. Topics covered will include: 1) basic components of a radar system, atmospheric electromagnetic wave propagation, 2) conditions leading to abnormal wave propagation, 3) retrieval of radar reflectivity and Doppler velocity measurements, 4) observational properties of meteorological targets including clouds, rain, hail, snow, and tornadoes, 5) discrimination between meteorological and non-meteorological returns, and 6) applications of radar data including velocity azimuth displays, dual-Doppler wind retrievals, hydrometeor classification, and rainfall measurements.

Requisites: MATH 2301 and (GEOG 3040 or GEOG 4660)
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze weather radar images from a diverse set of weather events using single and dual-polarization radar variables.
  • Apply radar principles to a variety of techniques used to analyze radar observations.
  • Explain physically and quantitatively how radar variables (reflectivity, Doppler velocity, cross-correlation coefficient, differential reflectivity, and specific differential phase) are calculated from the radar transmission.
  • Explain what happens to electromagnetic energy from the time the wave leaves the radar to the time energy is returned from a point target or from distributed targets.
  • Identify and describe the primary components of a meteorological radar system.

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