Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS) Microburst Detection Algorithm

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Timothy Dasey
Lincoln Laboratory, MIT
Steven Campbell
Lincoln Laboratory, MIT
Michael Donovan
Lincoln Laboratory, MIT
Michael Matthews
Lincoln Laboratory, MIT
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Daniel Dardani
MIT Technology Licensing Officer
Publications
A Shear-based Microburst Detection Algorithim for the Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS)
American Meteorological Society, 1993

Applications

A main application for this technology is as a software tool for air traffic control.

Problem Addressed

Microbursts present a strong danger to aircraft at low altitudes, primarily on final approach or shortly after departure and have been the cause of several fatal air carrier accidents.

Technology

The Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS) Microburst Detection Algorithm uses Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) data to detect microbursts in the airport terminal area. The Microburst Detection algorithm identifies regions of strongly spreading winds near the ground, which are used for subsequent processing algorithms to determine specific impact of these events to runway approach and departure corridors. This algorithm enables air traffic controllers to determine the safest paths for incoming and departing aircraft.

Advantages

  • Detects microbursts to improve aircraft safety in landing