A Quality Control Concept for Radar Reflectivity, Polarimetric Parameters, and Doppler Velocity Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract; Over the last few years the use of weather radar data has become a fundamental part of various applications like rain-rate estimation, nowcasting of severe weather events, and assimilation into numerical weather prediction models. The increasing demand for radar data necessitates an automated, flexible, and modular quality control. In this paper a quality control procedure is developed for radar reflectivity factors, polarimetric parameters, and Doppler velocity. It consists of several modules that can be extended, modified, and omitted depending on the user requirement, weather situation, and radar characteristics. Data quality is quantified on a pixel-by-pixel basis and encoded into a quality-index field that can be easily interpreted by a nontrained end user or an automated scheme that generates radar products. The quality-index algorithms detect and quantify the influence of beam broadening, the height of the first radar echo, ground clutter contamination, return from non-weather-related objects, and attenuation of electromagnetic energy by hydrometeors on the quality of the radar measurement. The quality-index field is transferred together with the radar data to the end user who chooses the amount of data and the level of quality used for further processing. The calculation of quality-index fields is based on data measured by the polarimetric C-band Doppler radar (POLDIRAD) located in the Alpine foreland in southern Germany.

publication date

  • July 1, 2006

has restriction

  • bronze

Date in CU Experts

  • June 5, 2014 2:07 AM

Full Author List

  • Friedrich K; Hagen M; Einfalt T

author count

  • 3

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0739-0572

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-0426

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 865

end page

  • 887


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