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Overview of radar data compression
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Paper Abstract

Radar data is routinely transmitted in real-time from the coterminous United States (CONUS) radar sites and placed on the Internet for incorporation into nowcasting, hydrology and modeling applications in near-realtime. Radar data are also archived for on-demand retrieval by the National Climate Data Center (NCDC). Data compression is used operationally to reduce bandwidth and storage requirements. There are several data compression techniques used operationally on radar data. Custom compression techniques have been devised for radar data that outperform generic techniques but the radar operations groups ultimately use off-the-shelf solutions. The underlying ideas behind compressibity are useful beyond just reducing the amount of data for transmission and archival. The compressibility of radar data has been found useful for devising quality control algorithms, especially for the detection and removal of test patterns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2007
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6683, Satellite Data Compression, Communications, and Archiving III, 668308 (19 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.740171
Show Author Affiliations
Valliappa Lakshmanan, Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
National Severe Storms Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6683:
Satellite Data Compression, Communications, and Archiving III
Roger W. Heymann; Bormin Huang; Irina Gladkova, Editor(s)

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