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OPERA the Radar Project

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Finnish Meteorological Institute, P.O. BOX 503, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland
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Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, 60176 Norrköping, Sweden
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Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, 1180 Bruxelles, Belgium
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Météo-France, 31057 Toulouse, France
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KNMI, 3730 AE De Bilt, The Netherlands
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Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Na Šabatce 17, 143 06 Praha 4, Czech Republic
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German Weather Service, 63067 Offenbach am Main, Germany
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Current address: University of Leeds, LS2 9JT Leeds, UK.
Atmosphere 2019, 10(6), 320; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos10060320
Received: 10 May 2019 / Revised: 6 June 2019 / Accepted: 8 June 2019 / Published: 12 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Applications of Weather Radar Data)
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Abstract

The Operational Program on the Exchange of Weather Radar Information (OPERA) has co-ordinated radar co-operation among national weather services in Europe for more than 20 years. It has introduced its own, manufacturer-independent data model, runs its own data center, and produces Pan-European radar composites. The applications using this data vary from data assimilation to flood warnings and the monitoring of animal migration. It has used several approaches to provide a homogeneous combination of disparate raw data and to indicate the reliability of its products. In particular, if a pixel shows no precipitation, it is important to know if that pixel is dry or if the measurement was missing. View Full-Text
Keywords: weather radars; international co-operation; quality control; precipitation weather radars; international co-operation; quality control; precipitation
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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.

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