Radar experts publish new book on weather radar technology

When it comes to Doppler weather radar, scientists with NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory wrote the book. Literally. Publications authored and co-authored by researchers at NSSL and the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies expanded  knowledge on radars and provided strategies used by weather forecasters today.

After more than three decades, those scientists have done it again. A new book by CIMMS Senior Research Scientist Alexander Ryzhkov, and co-authored by NSSL Senior Scientist Dusan Zrnic, highlights the biggest technological upgrade to Doppler radars since they were first installed — dual-polarization technology.

The book, “Radar Polarimetry for Weather Observations,” published by Springer Nature, offers an array of information on weather radar polarimetry. Polarimetric radar —  and polarimetry — improves the accuracy of precipitation estimates, detects aviation hazards, can identify precipitation types, and can spot many other items such as bats or even tornado debris.

In addition to connecting processes responsible for the development and evolution of the bulk of clouds’ physical properties, the publication also provides up-to-date polarimetric methodologies.

The publication will appeal to practicing radar meteorologists, hydrologists, microphysicists, and modelers who are interested in the bulk properties of hydrometeors and quantification of these with the goals to improve precipitation measurements, understanding of precipitation processes, or model forecasts.

For more information, visit Springer’s website.

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OAR award goes to NSSL book author second year in a row

NSSL scientist and Chief of the Forecast Research Division David J. Stensrud has been awarded the 2008 OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award – Special Recognition Award for his book “Parameterization Schemes: Keys to Understanding Numerical Weather Prediction Models” published by Cambridge University Press.

This book was deemed to be one of the most original, important, useful, and best written, by a team of reviewers. The book is described as, “The first book to provide in-depth explorations of the most commonly used types of parameterization schemes that influence both short-range weather forecasts and global climate models. Several parameterizations are summarized and compared, followed by a discussion of their limitations. This will be an essential reference for academic researchers, meteorologists, weather forecasters, and graduate students interested in numerical weather prediction and its use in weather forecasting.”

This is the second year in a row this award has been presented to an NSSL scientist for writing a book.

Background: The Outstanding Scientific Paper Awards were established to recognize the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Federal employees, and Cooperative Institute (CI) scientists associated with OAR who published outstanding scientific peer-reviewed research papers, review papers, books, monographs, and chapters of books that have contributed to or contain the results of research sponsored by OAR.

Significance: Quality scientific publications are a measure of the effectiveness of preeminent research.

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