Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science

Atmospheric Physics (Prof. Hans Richner)

ETH Doppler Radar

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This group is being integrated into the new group of Prof. Ulrike Lohmann starting 1 October 2004. Please visit her group's web pages.

The Radar Meteorology group works with two radars, one of which is mobile. These radars are used to study wind and the different precipitation types in complex orography such as thunderstorms but also weak convective and stratiform rain. The microstructure of solid and liquid precipitation is studied in detail with several different in-situ instruments which are partly developed by the group themselves. An important part of the activities of the group are field experiments.

The Group for Experimental Mesoscale Dynamics is headed by Prof. Hans Richner. It investigates primarily wind fields in complex terrain, e.g., in the Alps. Local wind systems (e.g. mountain-valley wind systems) as well as synoptically driven flow (e.g. foehn) are primary targets for observations and analyses. Investigations into smaller scale flow fields are carried out, in particular in view of transport and dispersion of air pollution.
Closely related with this primary topic is the development of new in-situ and remote sensing instrumentation (e.g. wind profiler, radiosondes) and novel analysis tools.


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