Tropopause Detected by Radar

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Science  02 Sep 1966:
Vol. 153, Issue 3740, pp. 1110-1112
DOI: 10.1126/science.153.3740.1110


The tropopause has been detected by ultrasensitive, narrow-beam, microwave (10.7-centimeter) and ultrahigh-frequency (71.5-cm) radars. Its reflectivity is consistent with that expected theoretically for a refractively turbulent medium. Indications are that the layer is also mechanically turbulent, and that electromagnetic scatter techniques may be used to detect high-altitude clear-air turbulence.