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INCOMPASS: India Meteorology Department Doppler radar convective cell statistics

Latest Data Update: 2020-09-16
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Citable
Publication Date: 2020-09-25
DOI Publication Date: 2020-09-28
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 7 Files | 62MB


This dataset contains radar-derived measurements of cell-top height, size, 2 km reflectivity, and cell latitude and longitude from all convective cells between 14 May and 30 September 2016, where radar is available. The data was collected as part of the NERC/MoES Interaction of Convective Organization and Monsoon Precipitation, Atmosphere, Surface and Sea (INCOMPASS) field campaign.

The seven sites analysed here represent four different Indian climate regions, allowing the study of the spatiotemporal development of convection during the 2016 monsoon season at high (1 km) resolution. Variation in these different cell statistics are found over timescales of variability such as the diurnal cycle, active-break periods, and monsoon progression.

The data were collected as part of the INCOMPASS field campaign May-July 2016, funded by Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) (NE/L01386X/1). The aim of the project was to improve the skill of rainfall prediction in operational weather and climate models by way of better understanding and representation of interactions between the land surface, boundary layer, convection, the large-scale environment and monsoon variability on a range of scales.

Citable as:  Doyle, A.; Stein, T.; Turner, A.G. (2020): INCOMPASS: India Meteorology Department Doppler radar convective cell statistics. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, 28 September 2020. doi:10.5285/961892909b584a0c8d186931b6c0dddb.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: NERC, INCOMPASS, monsoon, radar, cells


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Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.

Instrument/Platform pairings

Doppler radars Deployed on: Agartala Airport
Doppler radars Deployed on: Bhopal, Raja Bhoj Airport
Doppler radars Deployed on: Chennai
Doppler radars Deployed on: Kolkata
Doppler radars Deployed on: Lucknow
Doppler radars Deployed on: Machilipatnam
Doppler radars Deployed on: Mumbai
Output Description


  • units: m
  • var_id: 2
  • long_name: CTH
  • units: dBZ
  • var_id: 6
  • long_name: cell 2 km mean reflectivity
  • long_name: datetime
  • var_id: 1
  • units: YYYY/MM/DD hh:mm:ss (UTC)
  • long_name: latitude
  • var_id: 4
  • units: N
  • long_name: longitude
  • var_id: 5
  • units: E
  • units: km
  • var_id: 3
  • long_name: size

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