Evaluation Study on Wind Retrieval Methods from Single-Doppler Radar

단일 도플러 레이더를 이용한 풍속데이타 산출기법에 관한 연구

  • Lim, Hee-Chang (School of Mechanical Engineering, PuKyong National University) ;
  • Lee, Dong-In (Department of Environmental Atmospheric Sciences, PuKyong National University) ;
  • Jang, Sang-Min (Department of Environmental Atmospheric Sciences, PuKyong National University)
  • 임희창 (부경대학교 기계공학부) ;
  • 이동인 (부경대학교 환경대기과학과) ;
  • 장상민 (부경대학교 환경대기과학과)
  • Published : 2009.03.31


This study presents the analysis of an atmospheric flow around a single-doppler radar located in a pseudo-site. The use of a doppler radar in meteorological field of wind engineering has become widespread over the last several decades, but it has generally been recognized that the single-Doppler radar yields only one single velocity component - the radial velocity($V_r$) so that some additional hypotheses or simplifications must be necessary to get proper wind forecast. Therefore, in order to get an accurate radial velocity($V_r$) in this study, the existing methods such as VAD(Velocity Azimuth Display) and VARD(Velocity Area Display) are reformulated and applied to match the previous study(Waldteufel and Corbin), which have been an important indicator for retrieving a radar velocity. The results presented in this study include the results from different assessment methods in a peudo-site of different wind fields. Unless the existing method can consider the proper decomposition of radial velocity in the real site, then authors suggest an appropriate curve-fitting to decrease the uncertainty errors by changing a grid adaptation rate or applying a weighting function with respect to the wind angle. It is concluded that provided properly formulated fitting function are used, the wind retrieval from the Doppler radar using VAD and VARD methods can be a viable tool for use in wind engineering problems searching for the wind resources.


Doppler radar;VAD method;Wind velocity assessment


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