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1. Role of Radar in the Weather and Climate Observing and Predicting System
Pages 8-11

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... Today, weather radars improve aviation safety and increase the operational efficiency of the entire air transport industry, and they contribute to agriculture alerts and flood warnings through monitoring of rainfall intensity. They are also used regularly for recreational planning and other weather-impacted activities.
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... These remarkable new measurement capabilities were a direct consequence of many engineering and technological advances, primarily advances in integrated circuits, digital signal processing theory, and display systems, and these advances led to advanced research weather radars. Radar meteorology research has also played a critical role in these developments through the generation of new knowledge of the atmosphere, especially regarding cloud and precipitation physics, severe storm evolution, kinematics of hurricanes, and detection of clear air phenomena such as gust fronts and clear air turbulence.
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... On regional scales, the combination of the primary radar with subsidiary radars, with satellite data, with automated meteorological measurements from aircraft, and with a network of ground-based meteorological instruments reporting in real time has led to advances in vital
From page 11...
... include improving the accuracy of severe local storm warnings (including forecasts of storm initiation, evolution, and decay) , providing reliable guidance for construction activities, providing better information on current and future road conditions, furthering the needs of the aviation system for improving safety and operational efficiency (both civil and military)

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