Bird Migration Echoes Observed by Polarimetric Radar

Haruya MINDA  Fumie A. FURUZAWA  Shinsuke SATOH  Kenji NAKAMURA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E91-B   No.6   pp.2085-2089
Publication Date: 2008/06/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e91-b.6.2085
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Sensing
Keyword: 
polarimetric radar,  weather radar,  clear-air radar echo,  bird echo,  ornithology,  

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Summary: 
A C-band polarimetric radar on Okinawa Island successfully observed large-scale bird migrations over the western Pacific Ocean. The birds generated interesting polarimetric signatures. This paper describes the signatures and speculates bird behavior.