Vertically Pointing Radar
Vertically Pointing Radar (VPR) provide height-resolved information about rainfall micro-physical processes directly above a monitoring location. VPR can be used for direct calibration of scanning radars and to account for uncertainties in relating radar measurements to surface rain-rate.
WRNZ are the New Zealand agent for Metek Micro Rain Radars. MRR are suitable for a variety of meteorological, aviation and geological hazard applications.
- monitoring the height of the freezing level ("bright band")
- volcano and avalanche event detection
- estimation of hydrometeor properties
- Direct calibration of scanning weather radar
WRNZ currently run a Metek MRR-PRO in Auckland. The equipment is collecting data to further improve rainfall estimates from scanning radar in the Auckland Region. A description of the work may be found here:
Metek MRR vertically pointing radars