Mobile Radar


The Trailer Radar deployed overlooking South-Auckland


The Container Radar sited in Snowy Mountains in Australia.

Mobile radar are much smaller than the radars which comprise the New Zealand national radar network. 

Radar data from "X-band" wavelength radar has distinct advantages over national radar observations-
  • high time resolution, <30 seconds per scan
  • high spatial resolution, 30-250m pixel size
  • can be sited for optimal data quality for the target catchment

We run specialised transportable X-band weather radar suitable for small/urban catchment monitoring.

The Trailer Radar consists of a fully articulated dish mounted on a short tower, coupled by flexible waveguide to a masthead transceiver, the outputs of which are in turn fed, along with information regarding the dish direction, into a PC housed in a small operators cab. The entire system is powered by either a 4 kW diesel generator or by two single phase mains connections.

The radar system is entirely self-contained on a tandem axle trailer. The total mass is about 2.5 tonnes, allowing it to be towed by a light four wheel drive vehicle, provided that the trailer's hydraulic breaking system is used. The radar mast is folded down onto the trailer for transport. On arrival at a field site the mast can be erected and the radar made ready by a team of two.

The Container Radar is identical in performance to the Trailer radar, but built into a 10-foot sea container. The radar dish assembly can be removed and stored inside the container, which in turn can then be shipped anywhere in the world.

Contact us to discuss how X-band radar could be used in your application.

Read about the X-band radar in the New Zealand Journal of Hydrology
Sutherland-Stacey, L.; Shucksmith, P.; Austin, G.; (2011) A mobile rain radar for high resolution hydrological observations in New Zealand,  New Zealand Journal of Hydrology #50 pages 339-360

Joseph, T., Sutherland-Stacey L., Donald N., Austin G., The use of rain radar measurement for hydraulic modeling. OzWater Conference, Adelaide 2015/04/14
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