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RAL 78GHz Cloud Radar Data from the NERC Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) Radar Facility

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Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2007-03-15
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The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Cloud Radar was deployed at the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) Radar Facility, Capel Dewi, near Aberystwyth in West Wales from April 2005 to June 2006. These data are restricted to registered users for these data only.

Citable as:  STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (2007): RAL 78GHz Cloud Radar Data from the NERC Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) Radar Facility. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: RAL, cloud radar, MST


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Access rules:
Restricted data: please submit an application using the REQUEST ACCESS link for access.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
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
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Process overview

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

Instrument/Platform pairings

RAL 78GHz cloud radar Deployed on: Capel Dewi Atmospheric Observatory (CDAO)
Output Description None
  • long_name: Base Of Lowest Cloud
  • names: Base Of Lowest Cloud
  • long_name: Cloud Cover
  • names: Cloud Cover
  • gcmd_url:
  • long_name: Cloud Height
  • gcmd_keyword: Cloud Height
  • names: Cloud Height,
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Clouds
  • long_name: Clouds
  • gcmd_url:
  • names:, EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Clouds
  • long_name: Spectral Width
  • names: Spectral Width

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