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Radar (Radio Detection and Ranging) Resources

Radar is a system that uses electromagnetic waves to identify the range, altitude, direction, or speed of both moving and fixed objects such as aircraft, ships, motor vehicles, weather formations, and terrain. The term RADAR was coined in 1941 as an acronym for radio detection and ranging. The term has since entered the English language as a standard word, radar, losing the capitalization. Radar was originally called RDF (Radio Direction Finder) in the United Kingdom.

A radar system has a transmitter that emits either microwaves or radio waves that are reflected by the target and detected by a receiver, typically in the same location as the transmitter. Although the signal returned is usually very weak, the signal can be amplified. This enables radar to detect objects at ranges where other emissions, such as sound or visible light, would be too weak to detect. Radar is used in many contexts, including meteorological detection of precipitation, measuring ocean surface waves, air traffic control, police detection of speeding traffic, and by the military. - Wikipedia

Basic Principles Of Radar |
Public-domain writing by Greg Goebel.

Basics of Radar Astronomy |
Draft by the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope project.

Building Your Own Amateur Radar |
Components for personal amateur radar.

Design and Demonstration of an Advanced On-Board Processor for the Second-Generation Precipitation Radar |
By Mark A. Fischman, Andrew C. Berkun, Frank T. Cheng, William W. Chun, and Eastwood Im.

FPGAs Make a Radar Signal Processor on a Chip a Reality |
Abstract by Ray Andraka and Andrew Berkun.

How Radar Works |
From howstuffworks, by Marshall Brain.

Incoherent Scatter Radar Tutorial |
This is a simplified introduction to the incoherent scatter radar technique used at the Millstone Hill Observatory.

National Doppler Radar Sites |
From the National Weather Service.

Radar Altimetry Tutorial |
Overview, applications, data use cases.

Radar Basics |
This site contains a lecture on the principles of radar technology.

Radar Ornithology: Introduction |
From the Clemson University Radar Ornithology Laboratory.

Radar Tutorial |
NEXRAD radar information, classes of storms, and case histories.

Radar Meteorology |
Online remote sensing guide including radar basics, imagery, velocity patterns, and applications.

Radar Meteorology Tutorial |
From Brian McNoldy for MESO.

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