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    Radar observations of tropical cyclones
    Meighen, P. J. (Phillip John) (University of Melbourne, 1987)
    This thesis describes observations of tropical cyclones using microwave radar. Basic concepts and definitions in the fields of both radar and tropical cyclones are presented. The structure of tropical cyclones as revealed by radar (both airborne and land-based) since the first observations were made in the 1940s, is described. It is shown that radar observations, particularly when combined with conventional observations, can provide valuable insights into the nature of tropical cyclones. The use of radar as a means of achieving the two major operational goals of the tropical cyclone forecaster, namely, the determination of the position (both present and future) and the intensity of a tropical cyclone, is considered and it is demonstrated that radar has a valuable role to play in these areas.