Weather radar

The Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI) operates a C-band Doppler radar located in Wideumont in the south of Belgium. A weather radar is a ground-based remote sensing instrument for the observation of precipitation. The radar performs a volume scan every 5 minutes with reflectivity measurements up to 240 km. A Doppler scan with radial velocity measurements up to 120 km is performed every 15 minutes. A second weather radar is located in Zaventem near Brussels and is operated by Belgocontrol. Data from this radar are sent in real time to RMI.

Various research activities based on radar observations are conducted. The aim is to assess and to improve the quality of radar observations and to develop high-quality products for the quantitative estimate of precipitation, the detection of severe weather phenomena and the very short term forecast of precipitation.


The following link gives more information about the radargroup :