User Scientists Workshop on Wind Profiler Radar  

9-10 February 2017 at ACARR, CUSAT

Application and Utility of Stratosphere Troposphere Wind Profiler Radar 

Overview:  Stratosphere-Troposphere (ST) Wind Profiling Radars are emerging as powerful tools for Atmospheric Research in recent years around the world. It is the most powerful and versatile wind-profiling instrument. ST Radar can be operated in all weather conditions on a continuous basis and provides measurements of the vertical as well as the horizontal wind at every few minutes. The data consequently provides unique opportunities for atmospheric research.

The ST Radar at CUSAT operates at 205 MHz VHF range, is a state-of-the-art system to study the circulation and dynamics of the Earth atmosphere, ionospheric events and radio astronomical characteristics. It is the first wind profiler radar in the World, operating at 205 MHz frequency band. It is fully designed, developed and fabricated in India, recognized as the Make in India program of the Government of India.

Applications:  CUSAT ST Radar has got wider applications in atmospheric studies, such as atmospheric turbulence, winds and waves, cloud developments, thunderstorm activity, jetstreams, windshears, atmospheric modelling, air traffic information, prediction of fog and pollution, vertical transport of energy, momentum, short-term weather forecasting, nowcasting, etc. In addition CUSAT ST Radar is capable of providing information about the Ionospheric E and F Regions. This radar can also be utilised for Radio Astronomical studies

The ST Radar at CUSAT has got immense potential for the studies and research activities in several environmental issues of immediate scientific relevance. This national facility is open to all young scientists and engineers of our country to undertake research work in the unique field of atmospheric and climate sciences.

Goal: The purpose of the workshops is to introduce the advanced scientific and technical facilities available in India and to train the young researchers in utilizing the high quality data and information available through CUSAT ST Radar. It is aimed to provide a common platform for sharing the interesting atmospheric observations available through the Wind Profiler Radar at Cochin.

The two-day Workshop is scheduled on 9th & 10th February 2017 at ACARR, CUSAT will provide an opportunity to familiarize the advanced facility and give hands on training on the use of the radar data for scientific research. Eminent scientists and Engineers working in the field of Atmospheric radars and its applications will give lectures and training to the participants.

Major areas covering in the two-day Workshop are

  • Physical and dynamical processes in the Atmosphere,
  • Atmospheric waves and turbulence
  • Mesoscale convection and Thunderstorm activity
  • Boundary layer processes
  • Ionosphere
  • Radio Astronomy

Venue: Lecture hall of Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research (ACARR), Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin 682002

Who can apply: Scientists/Engineers working in a research institute/University Department/College, who wish to carry out research activities utilizing ST Radar facility in the areas of Atmospheric Physics/ Meteorology/Climate Science/ Ionosphere/ Radio Astronomy/ related fields can participate in the Workshop. Young researchers working for their Ph D and post doctoral researchers can also attend.

How to apply: Interested candidates can submit their application (which can be downloaded from the link provided below) along with a brief write up about your areas of interest and proposed field of research utilising the ST Radar data. Please refer ACARR Website ( for further details.

Last Date of Application is 25th January 2017

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