3rd Calibration and Monitoring Workshop 17-19 November 2021
Centre International de Conférences - Météo-France - Toulouse - France

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The purpose of the Calibration and Monitoring Workshop (WXRCalMon) is to collect and share knowledge of weather radar systems and hands-on experiences with calibration and monitoring. Topics such as: radar calibration, antenna pointing accuracy, monitoring of dual-polarisation parameters, monitoring methods using the sun, are openly discussed between the participants with the aim to recommend best practices and develop calibration and monitoring standards.

The first and second workshops took place in October 2017 and 2019 at DWD headquarters in Offenbach, Germany. The outcomes of these first two workshops are presented in an OPERA report (Frech et al, 2021). National Met Services in Europe are actively using these recommendations to harmonize the quality of data between national radar networks. This 3rd workshop is due to take place at Météo France this year, but because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it is still unclear if people will have the possibility to attend in person. An online alternative is already planned and a remote access to the meeting will be possible regardless of the situation. Manufactures are invited to attend with presentations focused on the goals of the workshop. This 3rd workshop will revisit the monitoring techniques used by the participants in the light of the most recent experiences with a focus on hardware monitoring and maintenance, accuracy phase measurements and dual polarisation variables and costs/benefits of solid state transmitters.

Michael Frech, Tiemo Mathijssen, Theo Mammen, Marco Gabella, Marco Boscacci, 2021: Monitoring of weather radars: lessons learned from WXRCalMon17 & WXRCalMon19 and recommendations, OPERA5 OA1 report, March 2021

The presentations will be organized along the following themes :
1. Hardware monitoring and maintenance;
2. Standard Z and ZDR calibration and monitoring procedures;
3. Commercial and non-commercial monitoring softwares;
4. Accuracy of phase measurements and dual polarisation variables;
5. Costs and benefits of SSPA (Solid State Power Amplifier) radar systems;
6. Monitoring of threats to radar networks(RLAN, windfarms, ...).

Poster sessions that can be attended virtually are also planned.

You can attend the workshop on site in Toulouse, online by videoconference or follow the youtube broadcast.

If you would like to attend on site or by videoconference please register and specify your preferred modality.

Organising committee
Marco Boscacci MeteoSwiss Marco Gabella MeteoSwiss
Timothy Darlington Met Office Nicolas Gaussiat Météo-France
Jordi Figueras Météo-France Mikko Kurri FMI
Michael Frech DWD Tiemo Mathijsen KNMI
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