Modeling Weather Radar Terrain Occultation
With rising weather-related concerns - such as drought and water issues in the southwest U.S., Hurricane Katrina, and the global increase in average temperature - it is important to build weather monitoring systems that provide full coverage of the nation. Unfortunately, the NEXRAD RADAR coverage is seriously affected by the mountainous terrain of the Rockies. This project examined exactly how this terrain impacts RADAR coverage using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. Knowing where RADAR coverage is affected allows us to assess the need to adjust current systems or provide additional monitoring systems to cover the gaps.