Evaluation of 3D dual-polarised radar-ased hydrometeor classification algorithms over the UK

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: School of Earth and Environment


Polarization is the phenomenon in which waves of electromagnetic radiation are restricted in direction of vibration. The reason polarization state is worth contemplating is that two beams of radiation, otherwise identical, may interact differently with matter if their polarization states are different.
Thus, observing the polarization of scattered light in the atmosphere provides a unique way to probe clouds, precipitation and aerosol. In this project, you will have the opportunity to explore the use of dual-polarisation radar to make novel observations of the atmosphere. To accomplish this you will utilize observations from the recently upgraded UK weather radar network to investigate the wealth of unexplored information provided by polarimetric variables observed with dual-polarization radar. You will use these new observational capabilities to improve our understanding of making precipitation observations and explore how these experimental techniques may be incorporated into improving operational observational systems and forecasts.

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
NE/N008359/1 30/09/2016 29/04/2021
1793414 Studentship NE/N008359/1 30/09/2016 31/10/2020 Ben Pickering
Description Legacies Fund
Amount £1,200 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Meteorological Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2018 
End 09/2018
Description Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP) Travel Fund
Amount £1,250 (GBP)
Organisation Meteorological Office UK 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
Description Visiting Scientist Programme
Amount £1,200 (GBP)
Organisation National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2018 
End 12/2018