Tracking Weather Storms Using 3D Doppler Radial Velocity Information

  • X. Tang
  • J. L. Barron
  • R. E. Mercer
  • P. Joe
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2749)


3D Doppler Radar is a key forecasting tool for severe weather storms and automatic tracking of these deformable objects is of great interest to meteorologists. Currently, we use the notion of a 3D ellipsoid to represent the uncertainty of a storm’s 3D center in the Doppler precipitation data and have described elsewhere an algebra for its use in storm tracking. In this paper, we describe how we use 3D velocity data computed by an iterative 3D least squares/regularization algorithm to construct a velocity compatibility function that uses a prediction/verification calculation to rate the “goodness” of potential storm matches. We also use the hypothesis that the orientation of matched storms should change smoothly to obtain improved matching.


3D Optical Flow 3D Doppler Radial Velocity 3D Doppler Storm Tracking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • X. Tang
    • 1
  • J. L. Barron
    • 1
  • R. E. Mercer
    • 1
  • P. Joe
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  2. 2.King City Radar StationAtmospheric Environmental ServicesToronto

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