Utilising, improving and developing active and passive remote sensing systems for probing the atmosphere, and inventing methods to derive information and deliver products from existing and new remote sensing systems.
Remote sensing of the atmosphere continuously provides profiles of essential information about important atmospheric parameters. User groups benefiting from this information include NWP modellers and forecasters, as well as institutions concerned with air quality.
The Upper Air Remote Sensing Team is based in Exeter and Reading. It performs research and development for enhancing active and passive remote sensing systems, and applied methodology to generate information and products.
Enhancing remote sensing systems includes assessing systems available commercially off-the-shelf (COTS), but also enhancing existing systems by extending the hardware and / or adding additional software. The team also undertakes research and development for designing and building systems in open architecture design (OAD), combining components available on the market for achieving the optimal system design for the given requirements.
Enhancing the applied methodology to generate information and products focuses on three areas. The first area is development and implementation of methods to get additional information and products from existing instruments. The second area covers assessing the capabilities of new instruments to deliver useful information and products. The third area focuses on the benefits of combining different instruments and of taking advantage of using spatial information of networked instruments.