The Xport radar
Xport is a transportable Xband dual polarimetric radar (http://www.lthe.fr/catch/observation/xport/technic.php ) developed by IRD for fields experiments in tropical hydro-meteorology.
The radar has been deployed in several West-African site since 2005 :
In Benin as part of the AMMA program in 2005-2007
In Niger as part of the MT fist microphysics validation campaign in Niamey  in August 2010
It is currently being set up in the Ouagadougou Super-Site for a 2 year MT validation campaign
Xport is used to deliver high resolution rainfields based on polarimetric variables (Gosset et al, 2010, QJRMS, doi: 10.1002/qj.556),  statistics on the rain rates distribution frequency, and also for the analysis of the the 3D structure of MCS and the classification of hydrometeors (through  fuzzy logic Particle IDentification techniques).
Last Updated ( Friday, 27 January 2012 )