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Applications of weather radars

Summer school on  applications of dual-polarization weather radars
Tartu, Estonia – June 8-13 2015 

Application deadline: May 10th, 2015

The summer school is an advance course intended for graduate students, scientists and operational users who want to receive an up-to-date knowledge on the principles and applications of dual-polarized and Doppler weather radars with introduction of advanced topics such as hydrometeor classification and rainfall estimation as well as support to decision support systems. The course is built around a combination of lectures and hands-on experience using data from FMI, SMHI, and EMHI operational weather radars and research radars of Univ. of Helsinki and CSU-CHILL radar national facility.

The course topics include: dual-polarization weather radar applications, QPE and QPF, data quality and radar calibration, and utilization of open-source radar data analysis software such as DOE ARM Py-ART and Baltrad.


  • Dr. Piia Post, Tartu University
  • Dr. Dmitri Moisseev, University of Helsinki
  • Dr. V. Chandrasekar, Colorado State University and University of Helsinki
  • Dr. Daniel Michelson, SMHI

Tentative program:

The school program consists of 2-3 lectures per day plus group work. The group work will focus on analyzing radar data and utilizing radar observations for developing applications that are of operational or research importance.


  • Introduction into weather radar and dual-polarization (D. Moisseev)
  • Dual polarization radar observations and the basis for interpretation for various types of storm observations (V. Chandrasekar)
  • Detailed study of rainfall, QPE and hydrometeor classification with dual-polarization radars (V. Chandrasekar)
  • Interpretation of weather radar observations, examples (D. Moisseev / D. Michelson)
  • Dense radar networks for urban areas (V. Chandrasekar)
  • Applications to winter precipitation (D. Moisseev)
  • Open source radar analysis software (D. Michelson)


The course will be held in Tartu, Estonia at the Department of Physics, University of Tartu. The new building of the Institute of Physics was opened in August 2014. It is located about 3 kilometers from the city centre, right next to the buildings of the Institute of Technology and the Institute of Chemistry. In the new premises of the physics building four centers of excellence of Estonian science and 14 physics laboratories are operating. The building has two large conference rooms that accommodate up to 300 people. Lecture halls are equipped with the most modern multi-media solutions that enable interoperability.

Virtual tour to Physicum: http://virtualtour.ut.ee/?lang=en#physicum

University of Tartu: http://www.ut.ee/en/university

Virtual tour to the university: http://virtualtour.ut.ee/?lang=en

Participation costs:

The full fee of the course is 1400 € and includes full boarding (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, and evening meal), accommodation in two person bedrooms. University students enrolled in degree programs get a 50% discount (student discount price 700 €).

The course fees for doctoral students enrolled in universities in Nordic and Baltic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden) are covered with doctoral and master’s degree programmes ATM-DP and ABS, which organise the course in co-operation with CRAICC, PEEX and ACTRIS.

There are also a limited number of travel grants available for participants from Nordic and Baltic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden).


The applications for the course will be done electronically using the following link: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/61107/lomake.html

Further information on course contents, travel and accommodation: contact Dr. Piia Post (piia.post@ut.ee)

Deadline for applications: May 10th, 2014

The accepted students will be notified a week later.