Radar: Meteor Radar

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Meteor radars detect the ionized trails left by meteors in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere. The trails are advected with the winds at the heights where they form and so can be used as tracers of atmospheric motion. Meteor radars typically measure zonal and meridional winds with time and height resolutions of about 1â h and 3â km, respectively. The radars are often simple and robust, making them ideal for extended deployment at remote sites. They are well suited to studies of background winds, tides, and planetary waves. Recent advances offer the possibility of making statistical measurements of gravity wave fluxes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences
PublisherElsevier Academic Press Inc
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780123822260
ISBN (Print)9780123822253
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Sept 2014


  • Gravity waves
  • Mesosphere
  • Meteors
  • Planetary waves
  • Radar
  • Tides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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