Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Research article
07 Jul 2020
Research article |  | 07 Jul 2020

Three-dimensional wind profiles using a stabilized shipborne cloud radar in wind profiler mode

Alain Protat and Ian McRobert

Data sets

Marine National Facility; CSIRO (2020): RV Investigator IN2019_V06 BASTA radar and Radiosonde data. v2 A. Protat and I. McRobert

Short summary
Three-dimensional (3D) wind motions play a major role in driving the life cycle of clouds. In this pilot study we have developed a technique to measure the 3D winds in clouds, using a shipborne Doppler cloud radar on a stabilized platform. The stabilized platform is driven to point in a series of predefined directions to collect the required measurements. Comparisons with radiosondes demonstrate that accurate 1 min resolution 3D wind motions can be obtained from this instrumental setup.