Meteorology Department, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
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The Penn State University department of meteorology provides research and education in meteorology and atmospheric sciences.
In the 1980s Penn State became the international leader in the development and application of ground-based wind-profiling systems. This charge was lead by Dr. Thomson, who has designed, constructed, and tested a variety of profiling systems/radars for continuously measuring atmospheric winds and turbulence. The Department was also the first to have a comprehensive set of microwave and millimeter-wave radiometers for continuously monitoring tropospheric temperatures and humidity profiles. In 1988 a special mm-wave Doppler radar was constructed to provide measurements of the velocities of timing cloud water drops. Only one other radar of this type exists in the world. Other equipment includes the unique microwave radiometer that is operated jointly with the Department of Electrical Engineering to provide stratospheric and mesospheric measurements.