GEOFF AUSTIN A response to "Educational Professor of Physics and Instructional Issues in Director, McGil l Radar Weather Observatory Radar Meteorology" McGil l University Box 241 In your issue of July 1989 there is an article entitled "Ed- 21,11 1 Lakeshore Rd. ucational and Instructional Issues in Radar Meteorology/' St. Ann e de Bellevue by Edwin Kessler. In this article on page 762 we find the Quebec , Canada sentence: H9 X 1C0 At McGil l University, there is a fine 10-cm radar that was In response to previously a cornerstone of student research, but is now little used in the academic program. Professor Austin's Letter I regret not having checked with Professor Austin about my As Director of the McGill Radar Weather Observatory, I statement concerning the program of the Radar Weather find this statement shows a complete lack of understanding Observatory at McGil l University. This situation appears to of our activities. At the present time the Observatory sup- have resulted from the fact that the Radar Weather Ob- ports a total of 14 graduate students who come from a servatory is not part of the Department of Meteorology at variety of Departments at McGill: McGill University. PhD MSc I think that it is commendable to seek to apply weather radars in a wide range of disciplines, as Professor Austin 1 2 Meteorology and his colleagues are doing. Physics 3 EDWI N KESSLER 1 1 Agricultural Engineering University of Oklahoma Civil Engineering — 804 Dale Hall Tower 1 2 Renewable Resources Norman, OK 73019 Supervision is provided by Professor Lovejoy, Dr. Bel Ion, and myself as full-time researchers at the Observatory who !" If you missed the plane to China, cooperate with several professors from the above depart- j don't miss the boat* | ments. Moreover in the last few years we have published 36 journal papers, 20 of which made extensive use of radar I AMS now offers three books on proceedings that I data. Most of these were authored or coauthored by grad- | took place in Beijing, China: | uate students. While both the student and journal paper | •Proceedings of the First Sino-American Workshop on i numbers may not be as high as they could be they are in . Mountain Meteorology, held in 1982, edited by E.R. . fact almost an order of magnitude larger than "previously" Reiter, Z. Baozhen, and Q. Yongfu. $42.50 when we were "a cornerstone of student research." I •Proceedings of International Symposium on the Qing- ' In terms of our scientific objectives, we have been at- I hai-Xizang Plateau and Mountain Meteorology, held in | tempting to ask what meteorological, hydrological, agri- | 1984. $47.50 j cultural, and remote sensing questions can be addressed | •Proceedings of the Beijing International Radiation Sym- \ by using weather radar in conjunction with other sensors. . posium: Atmospheric Radiation Progress and Prospects, . Our work on radar networks, hydrological systems, and held in 1986, edited by Kuo-Nan Liou and Zhou short-term forecasting using combined radar and satellite I Xiuji. $45.00 I data has resulted in our ideas or systems being used op- I To order, include $3.00 shipping and handling for | erationally in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Hong I each book and send a check or money order along | Kong, Brazil, and Canada. One of our radar processors | with this coupon to: i with an automatic nowcasting capability has been used for . American Meteorological Society . several years at Cape Canaveral to aid in short-term fore- 45 Beacon Street [ casting for the Shuttle activities. I Boston, MA 02108 I To my knowledge, Dr. Kessler has not visited our Ob- I Name: i servatory in the 20 years I have been here. I believe his statement about our facility cannot withstand any serious I Address: I investigation and should therefore be withdrawn. I Phone: I © 1990 American Meteorological Society I I Bulletin American Meteorological Society
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Published: Jan 1, 1990
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