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 presentations will be organized along the following themes :
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
||Hardware monitoring and maintenance;
||Standard Z and ZDR calibration and monitoring procedures;
||Commercial and non-commercial monitoring softwares;
||Accuracy of phase measurements and dual polarisation variables;
||Costs and benefits of SSPA (Solid State Power Amplifier) radar systems;
||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 or online by videoconference. Posters will be published at this
website during the conference. Recorded presentations will be published online after the conference.