The Potential of the NEXRAD (Next Generation Weather Radar) Radar System for Warning of Bird Hazards,
ILLINOIS STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY URBANA
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Flying birds pose a dangerous and costly problem for aviation. Warning to pilots of hazardous movements of birds could be available with the Next Generation Weather Radar NEXRAD currently being developed cooperatively by three U.S. government agencies. For several kinds of bird hazards, it should be feasible to develop computer algorithms to provide automated hazard warnings in real time. Reflectivity, Doppler speed, and differential reflectivity data taken with a prototype 10-cm NEXRAD radar establish the usefulness of NEXRAD for obtaining information on birds.