Observation of winds in the clear air using an FM-CW Doppler radar


  • E. E. Gossard,

  • R. B. Chadwick,

  • K. P. Moran,

  • R. G. Strauch,

  • G. E. Morrison,

  • W. C. Campbell


The Wave Propagation Laboratory of NOAA has developed a frequency-modulated, continuous-wave, clear-air radar with a Doppler capability for measuring both the mean wind and turbulent intensity. In this paper, observations of turbulence are shown and related to the background wind and temperature structure. The radar's capability for measuring the structure parameters and dissipation rates of both velocity and refractive index in the inertial subrange is discussed.