Surface Meteorological Data
Equatorial Atmosphere Radar (EAR)
EAR is a large Doppler radar built for atmospheric observation at the equator
in West Sumatra in the Republic of Indonesia.
It was completed in March 2001, a collaboration between the
Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH), Kyoto University and
the National institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN).
The EAR has a circular antenna array of approximately 110 m in diameter,
which consists of 560 three-element Yagis.
It is an active phased array system with each Yagi driven by a solid-state
This system configuration makes it possible to direct the antenna beam
by electronic control up to 5,000 times per second.
The EAR transmits an intense radio wave of 47 MHz to the sky, and receives
extremely weak echoes scattered back by atmospheric turbulence.
It can observe winds and turbulence in the altitude range from 1.5 km to
20 km (troposphere and lower-stratosphere).
It can also observe echoes from ionospheric irregularities at heights
more than 90 km.
Specifications of the EAR
- Location: 100.32E, 0.20S, 865 MSL
- Frequency: 47.0 MHz
- Output power: 100 kW (Peak envelope)
- Antenna system: Quasi-circular active phased array
(110 m diameter, 560 three-element Yagis)
- Beam width: 3.4 deg. (Half power, one way)
- Beam direction: Anywhere (within 30 deg. zenith angles)
- Observation range: 1.5 km-20 km (Atmospheric turbulence),
> 90 km (Ionospheric irregularity)
Research topics with the EAR
High-resolution observations of wind vectors will make it possible to study
the detailed structure of the equatorial atmosphere that is related to
the growth and decay of cumulus convection.
From long-term continuous observations, relationships between atmospheric
waves and global atmospheric circulation will be clarified.
By conducting observations from near the surface to the ionosphere,
it will be possible to reveal dynamical couplings between the equatorial
atmosphere and ionosphere.
Based on these results, transports of atmospheric constituents such as
ozone and greenhouse gases, and the variations of the Earth's atmosphere
that lead to climatic change such as El-Nino and La-Nina, will be revealed.
History to the EAR
Study of atmospheric dynamics with the MU radar completed
in 1984 in Shigaraki, Japan.
Cooperative study of equatorial atmosphere between RISH and institutes
Note: BPPT: Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology,
BMG: Meteorological and Geophysical Agency
- PUSPIPTEK Radar Observatory operated by RISH and BPPT.
- MF Radar observations with RISH, LAPAN and University of
- Radiosonde observation campaign with RISH, LAPAN, and BMG.
- Cooperative feasible study for the EAR with RISH, LAPAN, and BPPT.
Operations of the EAR
The EAR and the Observatory will be operated under international
collaboration of scientists from Japan, Indonesia and other
The EAR will be the core facility of the atmospheric radar
network around the equator operated by Japan, USA, Australia, etc.
The Observatory will expand by installing other instruments,
i.e., radiosonde, lidar, etc.
Location of the EAR
Equatorial Atmosphere Observatory
Bukit Koto Tabang, Tromol Pos 16, Bukit Tinggi 26100, West Sumatra, INDONESIA
- Jakarta-Padang: 2.0 h by air
- Singapore-Padang: 1.5 h by air
- Padang-Bukittinggi: 2.0 h by car
- Bukittinggi-EAR: 1.0 h by car
Papers presnted at refereed journals
List of papers is available from here.