Applied research on hail and wind gusts
From April to September severe thunderstorms regularly affect Switzerland. Wind gusts and hail may cause substantial damage and represent high costs for insurance companies. The research project of the Mobiliar Lab focuses on analysing wind gusts produced during such events.
To have a spatially wide-ranging 3D view with high temporal resolution, data from the current four Swiss polarimetric C-Band radars is used. Algorithms for wind gust detection and prediction from radar data have typically only been developed for flat areas and during special field campaigns. The possibility for analogous procedures using operational radars located in complex terrain need to be investigated.