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Volume 10, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 1739–1753, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 1739–1753, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 10 May 2017

Research article | 10 May 2017

Wind turbine impact on operational weather radar I/Q data: characterisation and filtering

Lars Norin

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Publications Copernicus
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Wind turbines in the line of sight of a weather radar can have a negative impact on the quality of the radar's measurements. Wind turbine echoes have proven difficult to filter due to their complex and time-varying nature. In this work we present recordings of high-resolution low-level data from a Swedish weather radar. A characteristic and robust signature from wind turbines is found. A simple wind turbine filter is presented and applied to the recorded data.
Wind turbines in the line of sight of a weather radar can have a negative impact on the quality...