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Nowcasting Thunderstorms for Munich Airport

Forster, Caroline and Tafferner, Arnold (2012) Nowcasting Thunderstorms for Munich Airport. DLR-Forschungsbericht, Project Report. DLR-FB--2012-02, 14 S. Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Bilbliotheks- und Informationswesen, Köln.

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Abstract

The successful demonstration and assessment of the DLR thunderstorm nowcasting algorithms at Munich Airport during two campaigns in the summers of 2010 and 2011 are described. The algorithms Cb-TRAM and Rad-TRAM, that detect, monitor, and forecast up to one hour (nowcast) thunderstorm cells from satellite and radar data, run in real time and provided new thunderstorm products for users at the airport. The products were presented on displays the users were already familiar with as well as on webpages designed by DLR. On the webpages, also additional information like measurements with DLR’s polarimetric radar and model forecasts was shown. Moreover, thunderstorm warnings were is-sued and sent via email to the users whenever a thunderstorm was detected in the terminal manoeu-vring area of the airport of Munich. The nowcasting skills of Rad-TRAM and Cb-TRAM are encouraging, especially for lead times up to 30 minutes, and the user feedback on the DLR thunderstorm products was very positive. The Rad-TRAM and Cb-TRAM products provide a good overview on the situation and its future development, and the thunderstorm warnings were very helpful for the collaborative decision making at the airport. However, some suggestions for improvements were made like the demand for nowcasts beyond one hour. This will be considered within the integrated weather forecast system, WxFUSION, which has been further developed during the campaigns.

Document Type:Monograph (DLR-Forschungsbericht, Project Report)
Title:Nowcasting Thunderstorms for Munich Airport
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Forster, CarolineUNSPECIFIED
Tafferner, ArnoldUNSPECIFIED
Date:February 2012
Journal or Publication Title:The DLR Project Wetter & Fliegen
Number of Pages:14
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Gerz, ThomasUNSPECIFIED
Schwarz, CarstenUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Bilbliotheks- und Informationswesen, Köln
ISSN:1434-8454
Status:Published
Keywords:thunderstorm, airport
Institution:DLR
Department:Institute für Physik der Atmosphäre
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Climate, Weather and Environment
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Cloud Physics and Traffic Meteorology
Deposited By: Jana Freund
Deposited On:12 Jul 2012 17:02
Last Modified:12 Jul 2012 17:02

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