One-day course: Applications of dual-polarization weather radars


For whom:

This one-day-course will be given Sunday 31st August 2014, prior to the 8th European Conference on radar in meteorology and hydrology (ERAD) and is intended for graduate students, scientists and operational users who are not deeply involved in the field but want to receive an up-to-date knowledge of Dual-polarization and Doppler weather radars and their applications.

Venue: The course will take place at Kongresszentrum (Richard-Strauss-Platz, Garmisch-Partenkirchen) on Sunday August 31, 2014.

Course aims: 

The goal of the course is to provide sufficient background 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.

Course material is illustrated by observations of different weather phenomena by several radar systems located in different climates and operating at different frequencies, i.e. CSU-CHILL, CASA and Kumpula weather radars. The course participants will use VCHILL software system to analyse those observations.


The course is organized by the University of Helsinki, Department of Physics and Colorado State University. This short course will be taught by Prof. V. Chandrasekar and Dr. D. Moisseev. The course is recognized as an official course from University of Helsinki, and is worth 1 ECTS credit. Based on the attendance and participation to the discussions during the course, the students will be graded according to the following levels: passed/failed.

Practical exercises during the course require use of a computer. Please bring your laptop computer for those sessions.

Program for Sunday 30th August:

  • 10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break
  • 11.15 – 12.45 Dual polarization radar observations and the basis for interpretation for various types of storm observations. Detailed study of rainfall, QPE and hydrometeor classification with dual-polarization radars (Chandra)
  • 12.45 – 13.00 Short quiz (testing understanding of dual-polarization fundamentals)
  • 13.00 – 14.00 Luncheon
  • 17.00  End of the course (Opening of the conference registration)


Please register at the conference web page at the same time as you do the conference registration

Course price:

The course price includes lunch and is 100 € (incl. lunch)

Contact information:

For more information about the course please contact:

Dr. Dmitri Moisseev
Department of Physics,
University of Helsinki

Address: Erik Palmenin enhance the 1, 00560 Helsinki, Finland

tel: +358 9 191 50866
fax: +358 9 191 48802


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