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Title: Propagation modelling for the analysis of radar systems
Author: Branson, James
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 0275
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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It is well understood in the defence procurement industry that there is a shortfall in the understanding of military mobile radar system performance in complex meteorological environments. To meet this challenge, the work presented in this thesis has combined advanced radar propagation methods with a novel clutter modelling algorithm to describe system performance at the level needed to meet modern naval requirements. The need for these new methods is demonstrated by sets of data gathered in anomalous propagation (anaprop) environments by the author. A new flexible radar model created during this project has allowed the author to analyse the radar data taken and to explore the benefits of performance modelling of radar systems in complex littoral and anaprop environments. A prototype system that exploits the model to try to estimate the local conditions has also been developed. Tests on this technology demonstrator have indicated that more advanced applications of these techniques could allow future radar systems to sense their local environment to improve tactical awareness and enhance sensor optimisation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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