Technical assessment of the impact of decommissioning the TDWR on terminal weather services
May 23, 2007
Details of a technical study that was part of a larger investigation assessing terminal weather services impacts of decommissioning the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) are presented. Effects on two key areas for safety and delay-reduction benefits are examined: low-altitude wind shear visibility and the Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS) Terminals Winds (TWINS) product. It is concluded that the information conted provided by the TDWR cannot, in general, be effectively replaced by other candidate radar systems such as the Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR-9) equipped with a Weather Systems Processor (WSP) or the Next Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD).