Aviation Weather Surveillance Systems: Advanced radar and surface sensors for flight safety and air traffic management
by Pravas Mahapatra
contributions by Richard J. Doviak, Vladislav Mazur and Dusan S. Zrnič
The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 1999
eISBN: 978-1-84919-180-7 | Cloth: 978-0-85296-937-3
Library of Congress Classification TL556.M14 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 629.1324


The need to enhance the safety and efficiency of aviation systems has escalated with increasing aviation activity and competitiveness around the world. Weather, which is one of the principal factors affecting aviation performance, is acquiring ever more importance as aviation is poised to shift to futuristic paradigms such as free flight. Advanced systems and approaches to the surveillance of weather and the resultant generation of highly processed, detailed, accurate and reliable weather data, are becoming integral parts of support systems for navigation and air traffic management.

This accessible multidisciplinary book touches on all of the important scientific and technological aspects of the aviation weather surveillance problem. The emphasis is balanced between physical and system concepts, as well as description of state-of-the art and future devices and software.

Among the subjects covered are:

  • wind shear and atmospheric turbulence
  • surveillance system requirements
  • Doppler weather radar
  • polarimetric weather radars
  • wind profilers
  • radiometric satellite observation
  • automated surveillance systems
  • integrated aviation weather systems

Aviation weather surveillance systems should be of interest not only to personnel directly handling aviation meteorological functions, but also to pilots, air traffic controllers, airline managers, civil aviation system planners and regulators, accident investigators and indeed anyone with a serious interest in aviation.

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