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Harmonised weather radar data in European countries

Harmonised weather radar data in European countries

A project led by the Finnish Meteorological Institute has harmonised the quality of weather radar data of various countries.

Weather radar data has been exchanged between European countries for more than 20 years. The OPERA project led by the Finnish Meteorological Institute has improved the consistency of data over the years. In the past, it was common that a precipitation area appeared to increase or deteriorate considerably when crossing a state border. Today, the greatest differences have to do with how well different types of disturbances can be removed from images. To Finns, the results of harmonisation are visible on, for example, the map of television weather announcements.

OPERA radar combination on 12 November 2018 (left) and simultaneous weather map (right). The image clearly shows the rains of the weather front that travels across Europe.

Further information

Researcher Elena Saltikoff, Finnish Meteorological Institute, tel. +358 29 539 3614, elena.saltikoff@fmi.fi

Saltikoff, E.; Haase, G.; Delobbe, L.; Gaussiat, N.; Martet, M.; Idziorek, D.; Leijnse, H.; Novák, P.; Lukach, M.; Stephan, K. OPERA the Radar Project. Atmosphere 2019, 10, 320. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos10060320

https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4433/10/6/320


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