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J.S. Marshall Radar Observatory

J.S. Marshall Radar Observatory

An important resource for graduate students is the J.S. Marshall Radar Observatory, located thirty kilometers west of the central campus. The Observatory houses a dual wavelength meteorological Doppler radar, unique in Canada, a vertically pointing high resolution radar and other instruments. The Doppler radar scans continuously the lower 10 km of the atmosphere providing wind velocity information up to 120 km and precipitation information up to 300 km. Alone, combined with other meteorological information or in conjunction with numerical modeling of atmospheric processes, the radar data are used to study storm dynamics and the physics of precipitation. The Observatory offers also the opportunity for research projects related to operational meteorology, radar hardware and signal processing. The radar information is also used by the Meteorological Service of Canada for its operational forecasts. Because of this collaboration, results obtained in research projects are quickly integrated into operational use.

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