ISRO inaugurates S–Band Polarimetry Doppler Weather Radar at Sriharikota spaceport

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has inaugurated S–Band Polarimetry Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota spaceport, Andhra Pradesh. It will be used for observation of weather system up to range of 500 km and also for early warning of severe weather events.

Doppler Weather Radar (DWR)

The radar has been indigenously developed by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), Bengaluru under ToT (Training of Trainers) from ISRO. It is the seventh radar of such type manufactured in the country under “Make in India”. It will provide advanced information, enhances lead-time essential for saving lives and property in event of natural disaster associated with severe weather.
It will also provide detailed information on storm’s internal wind flow and structure as compared to conventional radars which are only able to track and predict cyclones. Polarimetric capability of this radar will significantly help to improve accuracy of rainfall estimation leading to accurate and timely flash flood warnings. With its help, severity of weather systems can be quantitatively estimated and more precise advanced warnings can be generated for saving human lives and property.