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Radar technology, navigation & wave propagation

The weather in general and precipitation in particular have a decisive impact on humans, the environment and technical equipment. Atmospheric phenomena (weather, especially precipitation) and the environment (houses, vegetation, …) influence electromagnetic wave propagation, in particular satellite links. This influence must be properly measured and examined.

The meteorological instruments developed or improved by the research group, e.g. the weather radar, allow precipitation to be measured over large areas, thus providing a sound basis for more precise weather forecasts and timely warnings of natural disasters such as hail or floods. Our experts also investigate the influence of weather on satellite radio links and develop high-precision wave propagation models using wavelength selection (GHz to 1000 THz) to support and improve air traffic control and mobile connectivity. The technology can also be used in security research/technology and in remote sensing (e.g. intelligent control of adversary radio communication).

The research team has wide experience in managing and carrying out measurement campaigns and studies for the experimental investigation of wave propagation and navigation models, which also provide the basis for recommendations by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The group has been very successful in the development and worldwide marketing of the 2D video distrometer, a high-precision instrument for measuring single precipitation particles (raindrops, hail, sleet, snow). The data obtained provide the basis for more accurate weather forecasts and help to predict the influence of individual types of precipitation on satellite and terrestrial radio links.