Introduction to Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) provides national meteorological services worldwide, airlines, and aviation organizations with information about the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) aircraft-based observing system. The audience includes meteorological service managers and providers, observational development groups, the aviation industry, and others interested in benefiting from an aircraft-based observing system in their region. The content includes interviews with several experts to provide examples of AMDAR use for both meteorological and aviation applications. Additional details about the systems and requirements for implementing AMDAR are also included.
Explain what aircraft-based observation collection, processing and dissemination entails
Describe how aircraft-based observation data can be obtained and used
Describe the quality of aircraft-based observations and their characteristic strengths and limitations as a meteorological data source
Describe the benefits of aircraft-based observations for improving the quality of weather forecasts, for improvements in Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), and the resulting improvements to airline operations
Explain the value of aircraft-based observations by relating the results of impact studies
Explain the cost/benefits of aircraft-based observations to both national meteorological services and to the aviation industry
At a basic level, explain the technical aspects of aircraft-based observations in terms of hardware, software, and communications technologies, and in terms of data quality management requirements
aviation, data, upper air, profile, meteorology, aviation, weather, airlines, cost savings, AMDAR, global observing, aircraft, turbulence, water vapor, numerical weather prediction, nwp, forecast, routing, flight delay, flight planning, flight management, flight tracking, WMO, meteorological service, aviation forecasting, data communication, communication systems
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