A polarimetric Doppler radar time‐series simulator for biological applications

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Stepanian, P. M., Mirkovic, D. and Chilson, P. B. 2018. A polarimetric Doppler radar time‐series simulator for biological applications. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. 4 (4), pp. 285-302. https://doi.org/10.1002/rse2.80

AuthorsStepanian, P. M., Mirkovic, D. and Chilson, P. B.

The high mobility of airborne organisms makes them inherently difficult to study, motivating the use of radars and radar networks as biological surveillance tools. While the utility of radar for ecological studies has been demonstrated, a number of challenges remain in expanding and optimizing their use for surveillance of birds, bats and insects. To explore these topics, a Lagrangian simulation scheme has been developed to synthesize realistic, polarimetric, pulsed Doppler radar baseband signals from modelled flocks of biological point scatterers. This radar simulation algorithm is described, and an application is presented using an agent-based model of the nocturnal emergence of a cave-dwelling colony of Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis). Dualpolarization radar signals for an S-band weather surveillance radar are synthesized and used to develop a new extension of the spectral velocity azimuth display for polarimetric roost-ring signature analysis, demonstrating one capability of this simulation scheme. While these developments will have direct benefits for radar engineers and meteorologists, continuing investment in radar
methods such as these will have cascading effects toward improving ecological models and developing new observational techniques for monitoring aerial wildlife.

KeywordsAeroecology; Agent-based modelling; Individual-based modelling; Polarimetry; Simulation; Weather surveillance radar
Year of Publication2018
JournalRemote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation
Journal citation4 (4), pp. 285-302
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/rse2.80
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online14 Apr 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted27 Feb 2018
Copyright licenseCC BY

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