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dc.contributor.advisorColom-Ustáriz, José G.
dc.contributor.authorVega-Cartagena, Manuel A.
dc.description.abstractThis document summarizes the work done in developing the first node of a student designed X-band radar network in western Puerto Rico. The network proposed will improve coverage and resolution of the weather of western Puerto Rico through the implementation of low-cost and short-range radar systems. Modifications to commercially available Raytheon MK2 High Seas marine radars are presented as well as the sensitivity analysis performed. The modifications consisted of replacing the antenna, reducing the antenna pedestal’s angular velocity, adding an internal calibration channel and replacing the data acquisition system. A case study where the initial data is compared with Nexrad and rain gauge data is presented. As a result, agreement between the three sensors was found. On the other hand, the resolution was improved more than 6 times when compared to NEXRAD. This will enhance the study of weather features in western Puerto Rico.en_US
dc.description.abstractEste documento resume el trabajo llevado a cabo en desarrollar el primer nodo de una red de sistemas de radares de banda X, diseñada por estudiantes, para la parte Oeste de Puerto Rico. La red propuesta mejorará la cobertura y resolución del Oeste de Puerto Rico a través de la implementación de sistemas de radares de bajo costo y alcance. Las modificaciones a un radar marino Raytheon MK2 “High Seas”, comercialmente disponible, serán presentadas. Dichas modificaciones consistieron en reemplazar la antena, reducir la velocidad angular del pedestal, añadir un canal de calibración interna y reemplazar el sistema de adquisición de datos. Un caso será presentado en el cual se comparan datos iniciales con datos del sistema Nexrad y datos de una red de pluviómetros. Se observó que los resultados de los tres sensores son similares. Por otro lado, la resolución fue mejorada por un factor de más de 6 veces. Se espera que esta mejora contribuya en el estudio del clima en la parte Oeste de Puerto Rico.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNSF Grant 0313747 and NASA IDEASen_US
dc.titleStudent developed meteorological radar network of the western part of Puerto Rico: first nodeen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll rights reserveden_US
dc.rights.holder(c) 2007 Manuel A. Vega-Cartagenaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeOrama-Exclusa, Lionel R.
dc.contributor.committeeIerkic, H. Mario
dc.contributor.representativeDíaz, Walter Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.collegeCollege of Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Electrical and Computer Engineeringen_US

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