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Ultra High Compression for Weather Radar Reflectivity Data Storage and Transmission

Mahapatra, Pravas R and Makkapati, Vishnu V (2005) Ultra High Compression for Weather Radar Reflectivity Data Storage and Transmission. In: 21st International Conference on Interactive Information Processing Systems (IIPS) for Meteorology, Oceanography, and Hydrology, 13 January, San Diego,CA.


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Bandwidth is a premium resource in ground-air and air-ground communication links. Transmission of raw Doppler weather radar data over these links incurs significant latency and high cost. Traditional image compression techniques utilizing spatial redundancy of pictorial data for reducing the bit-rate achieve at most an order-of-magnitude of compression ratios. An efficient compression scheme for reflectivity data based on contour representation of weather phenomena is presented in this paper. The method, incorporating automatic contouring, control point generation, spline-based reconstruction, and contour filling, offers compression ratios in excess of a hundred while preserving meteorologically useful features.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: AMS
Additional Information: Copyright of this aritcle belongs to American Meteorological Soiety (AMS)
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2012 05:13
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/4836

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