Research within weather radar

Data from weather radars are an important tool in order to capture precipitation which is a factor to deal with when calculate or make forecasts. At SMHI research within weather radar work a lot with forecast models and a lot of the work is international.

Radarstationer inom radarnätverket BALTRAD
The BALTRAD weather radar stations. Enlarge Image

Together with neighbouring countries to Sweden there is a weather radar network. This radar network cover the Baltic region and in the west also parts of the Norwegian sea.

The Swedish radar network is a part of Baltex Radar Network (BALTRAD) which is a cooperation between countries around the Baltic sea. BALTRAD is managed by BALTEX Radar Data Center.

This center continuously produce and archive quality controlled radar data. The archive started 1999.

BALTEX Radar Data Center

Radar in weather prediction models

The quantification and characterization of uncertainty in weather radar measurements have become more and more important during the recent years. 

Radar products are applied operationally to SMHI's Mesoscale Analysis (MESAN). 

KNEP is a project at SMHI where radar data is used to make a precipitation product for nowcasting. This precipitation product works for up to six hours.

About SMHI meteorological research on data assimilation