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dc.contributor.advisorKnorr, Jeffrey B.
dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Terry E.
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Jason M.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:39:58Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:39:58Z
dc.date.issued2008-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/3977
dc.descriptionApproved for public release, distribution unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractWeather radars permit meteorological quantities such as rainfall rate and wind velocity to be determined. These quantities are calculated from estimates of reflectivity, mean radial velocity and velocity spread. These estimates are derived from modified RF signal parameter measurements. RF scattering and propagation effects are the mechanisms which modify these parameters. Scattering is probabilistic in nature and therefore during measurement estimates of true conditions are formed. Errors in these initial estimations influence the accuracy of all subsequent quantities produced. For meteorological products to be as accurate as possible, the amount of uncertainty in each estimated quantity must be minimized. A well-controlled calibration process is used to reduce the influence of imprecisely known radar system parameters on the uncertainty of the formed estimates. This thesis presents the design and implementation of one such calibration system, an active, external calibrator for use with the MWR-05XP weather radar. Within this thesis, a background of the radar calibration problem, specific research objectives and related works are introduced and discussed. The theory behind the operation of weather radar is also presented and explained. The specific design is described in explicit detail and measured results provided in appendices. Conclusions on the success of the implementation are drawn with recommendations for future work.en_US
dc.format.extentxxiv, 151 p. : ills.(some col.) ;en_US
dc.publisherMonterey California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.subject.lcshDoppler radaren_US
dc.subject.lcshCalibrationen_US
dc.subject.lcshRadar meteorologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshObservationsen_US
dc.titleDesign and implementation of an active calibration system for weather radarsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentElectrical Engineering
dc.contributor.departmentElectronic Warfare Systems Engineering
dc.description.serviceUS Departmenr of Defense (DOD) author (civilian).en_US
dc.identifier.oclc268810303
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S.en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineElectrical Engineering and Electronic Warfare Systems Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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