Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 135–148, 2014

Special issue: Tropospheric profiling (ISTP9)

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 135–148, 2014

Research article 14 Jan 2014

Research article | 14 Jan 2014

Aspects of quality control of wind profiler measurements in complex topography

M. Maruri1,2,3, J. A. Romo4, and L. Gomez3,4 M. Maruri et al.
  • 1Basque Meteorology Agency (EUSKALMET), Alava, Spain
  • 2TECNALIA, Meteo Unit, Alava, Spain
  • 3Department of Matemática Aplicada, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain
  • 4Department of Ingeniería de Comunicaciones, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain

Abstract. It is well known in the scientific community that some remote sensing instruments assume that sample volumes present homogeneous conditions within a defined meteorological profile. At complex topographic sites and under extreme meteorological conditions, this assumption may be fallible depending on the site, and it is more likely to fail in the lower layers of the atmosphere. This piece of work tests the homogeneity of the wind field over a boundary layer wind profiler radar located in complex terrain on the coast under different meteorological conditions. The results reveal the qualitative importance of being aware of deviations in this homogeneity assumption and evaluate its effect on the final product. Patterns of behavior in data have been identified in order to simplify the analysis of the complex signal registered.

The quality information obtained from the homogeneity study under different meteorological conditions provides useful indicators for the best alternatives the system can offer to build wind profiles. Finally, the results are also to be considered in order to integrate them in a quality algorithm implemented at the product level.