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NERC Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) Radar Facility data v2

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2008-07-14
Status: Superseded
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2007-02-07
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 15.04K Files | 118GB

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Version 2 processing of data from the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) Radar near Aberystwyth in West Wales. The principal measurements made by the MST radar are of the three dimensional wind vector over the altitude range 2 - 20 km, with additional measurements from the mesosphere between 65 and 80 km.

These data include both the radial beam data plus the resulting Cartesian products.

Surface meteorological measurements from the radar site, ceilometer data, sky camera images and wind speed and direction recorded from a 10m tower located 6km away are also available.

Other instruments at the facility have included one of the Met Office's boundary layer wind profilers and NCAS's boundary layer wind profiler.

Citable as:  Natural Environment Research Council Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere Radar Facility at Aberystwyth; Hooper, D.A. (2007): NERC Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) Radar Facility data v2. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: MST Radar, NERC, wind speed, wind direction, SNR, echo power, spectral width


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Data lineage:

Data are acquired by the MST radar facility and sent to the BADC within an hour of acquisition. Data are then immediately ingested into the BADC archives.

Data Quality:
The MST radar data quality is described by D. A. Hooper, J. Nash, T. Oakley, and M. Turp. Validation of a new signal processing scheme for the MST radar at Aberystwyth. Ann. Geophys., 26(11):3253-3268, 2008. (available from here
File Format:
Data are NASA Ames formatted

Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.
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  • units: 0 - 65535
  • long_name: Spectral Width
  • names: Spectral Width

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