policy statement Radio Frequency Allocations for Meteorological Operations and Research (Adopted by AMS Council 10 January 1999) 1. Introduction a week or more requires global observational abilities that are increasingly dependent on remote sensing The American Meteorological Society expresses technology. The variety of remote sensing tools to ac- its concern about the negative impact of the erosion complish these varied requirements includes weather in the radio frequency spectrum allocations for re- radars, profilers, radiometers, and, very importantly, an increasing spectrum of satellite-based measure- search and operational meteorology due to increasing ment systems. commercial use. Examples include recent infringe- ments on frequencies allocated to millimeter-wave radars, reductions in radiosonde communication band- width, and the recent requirement for sharing of sev- 2 . Passive remote sensing eral meteorological satellite bands with commercial users. Protection of the traditional weather-related ra- The long-range outlook for increased dependence dio bands is critical for the functioning of and improve- on passive-satellite remote sensors is based on the glo- ments to weather sensing and forecasting, and is bal coverage offered by satellite-based weather observ- therefore in the best interests of public safety and se- ing systems, on improvements in technology that open curity. The AMS most
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 1999
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