Articles | Volume 8, issue 5
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-2183-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-2183-2015
Research article
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27 May 2015
Research article |  | 27 May 2015

Estimating reflectivity values from wind turbines for analyzing the potential impact on weather radar services

I. Angulo, O. Grande, D. Jenn, D. Guerra, and D. de la Vega

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The World Meteorological Organization has expressed concern over the increasing number of impact cases of wind turbine farms on weather radars. This paper proposes a wind turbine clutter reflectivity model, which aims at being of great help in the evaluation of the potential impact of a certain wind farm on the weather radar operation. First the radar cross section (RCS) of wind turbines is characterized by means of computer simulations and then a simplified RCS model is proposed.