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OPERA the Radar Project

Finnish Meteorological Institute, P.O. BOX 503, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, 60176 Norrköping, Sweden
Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, 1180 Bruxelles, Belgium
Météo-France, 31057 Toulouse, France
KNMI, 3730 AE De Bilt, The Netherlands
Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Na Šabatce 17, 143 06 Praha 4, Czech Republic
German Weather Service, 63067 Offenbach am Main, Germany
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Current address: University of Leeds, LS2 9JT Leeds, UK.
Atmosphere 2019, 10(6), 320;
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)
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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