Boundary layer radar

From Glossary of Meteorology
(Redirected from Boundary layer radars)

boundary layer radar

A type of wind profiler specially designed to study the lower part of the troposphere. Because clear-air reflectivities in the boundary layer are usually orders of magnitude higher than in the upper troposphere, these profilers can be smaller, lower powered, and less expensive than those profilers designed to cover higher regions of the atmosphere (see, e.g., MST radars). Boundary layer radars are generally characterized by short pulse lengths (less than 100 m) and the ability to make measurements starting at 100–200 m above the radar and extending to at least 2–4 km under typical atmospheric conditions. To satisfy these requirements, boundary layer radars usually operate in the UHF radar band.

Copyright 2022 American Meteorological Society (AMS). For permission to reuse any portion of this work, please contact Any use of material in this work that is determined to be “fair use” under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act (17 U.S. Code § 107) or that satisfies the conditions specified in Section 108 of the U.S.Copyright Act (17 USC § 108) does not require AMS’s permission. Republication, systematic reproduction, posting in electronic form, such as on a website or in a searchable database, or other uses of this material, except as exempted by the above statement, require written permission or a license from AMS. Additional details are provided in the AMS Copyright Policy statement.