FURUNO System Solution

FURUNO’s solution for meteorological monitoring and analysis

Utilising the technical expertise FURUNO has accumulated through the development of marine Radar that has earned the leading market share, FURUNO, in close collaboration with universities and other business organisations, is now working on development of solution for meteorological monitoring and analysis. FURUNO’s high quality compact X-band Doppler Weather Radar is indispensable for localised weather forecasting to materialise better safety in the society where the impact arising from the meteorological disasters can be diminished.

Soaring needs for Weather Radar that stem from intensifying extreme weather

A number of arguments on the global scale as to how to tackle problems arising from extreme weather, such as short localised rainstorms, tornados and other adverse phenomena, have been taking place recently. Subsequently, urgent needs have been recognised for the solution of localised weather forecasting as part of social infrastructure so as to protect human lives and assets from unexpected natural disasters, i.e., river floods, landslides, etc., hence delivering better safety and peace of mind to the society.

Dual Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar to contribute to prediction of occurrence of rainstorms

Dual Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar simultaneously transmits and receives horizontally- and vertically-polarised radio waves. It is capable of computing the movement velocity of nimbus, as can be obtained from Single Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar using horizontally-polarised radio waves, as well as precise precipitation intensity.

Shape of precipitation particles is horizontally-long oval, due to the effect from atmosphere and gravity. Using these characteristics, Dual Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar obtains diameters of precipitation particles to compute precise precipitation intensity.

High precision 3D meteorological monitoring of FURUNO Multi-Radar System

Sample images of 3D meteorological monitoring

Sample movie of Real-time 3D meteorological monitoring
Monitoring site: FURUNO INT Center
(Nishinomiya-hama, Nishinomiya City)
Date: 20.14-20.44 hours on 6th, July, 2013

Sample movie of prediction of precipitation
Monitoring site: FURUNO INT Center
(Nishinomiya-hama, Nishinomiya City)
Date: 10.00 hours 30th December 2012

 

In order to predict the development of short localized rainstorms, following the abrupt development of a cumulonimbus, high spatiotemporal resolution monitoring of meteorological phenomena is required. By downsizing both Dual Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar and Single Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar, FURUNO makes remarkable reduction on the deployment cost a possibility. Also, it has become easier to create “Multi-Radar System” by combining both Radar units.

High spatiotemporal resolution 3D monitoring of meteorological phenomena by “Multi-Radar System” makes possible the provision of precautious information about prospective sediment disasters as well as information about evacuation routes, shelter location, etc., in case of foreseen rainstorms in real-time.

 

 

*The map data used in this page has been provided through Digital Japan Web System of Geospatial Information Authority of Japan.    

*The terrain elevation data of the background has been obtained from "Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)", conducted by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the US.    

Classified as one of the smallest and lightest Weather Radar available in the market*

FURUNO, which has earned the leading market share in marine Radar, provides Dual Polarimetric X-band Doppler Weather Radar WR-2100 and Doppler Weather Radar WR-50.

With ultra high definition spatiotemporal resolution capability, the WR-2100 Dual Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar grasps omni-directional precipitation intensity in 50-metre-mesh in six-second-intervals. By conducting high spatiotemporal resolution monitoring of the development process, three-dimensional structure as well as movement of a cumulonimbus, which causes precipitation, the development of short localised rainstorms can be predicted. Moreover, the WR-2100 has been downsized during the development phase to the extent that can be classified as one of the smallest and lightest Dual Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar available in the market.

Combining the two types of Weather Radar, FURUNO delivers “Multi-Radar System” capable of conducting real-time 3D monitoring of meteorological phenomena at a modest investment.

 

* as of June 2013 (Dual Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar)

Compact X-band Doppler Weather Radar WR-50 / Compact Dual Polarimetric X-band Doppler Weather Radar WR-2100

Weather Radar product lineup