A main application for this technology is as a software tool for air traffic control.
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.
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
- Detects microbursts to improve aircraft safety in landing