National Upper-Air Network Performance Monitoring, Tasks and Experience

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Executive Summary

Discussed are tasks and summarized are ways and means of monitoring of national upper-air network to ensure operational performance and data quality. Special attention is paid to a dedicated analysis of monitoring results, especially OB-FG statistics, aimed to indentifying reasons of data quality and performance degradation, as well as to presentation of monitoring results. Also is presented the national upper-air network monitoring system and experience of its operation when numerous radiosonde and balloon types from alternative manufacturers are used on the network and ground station equipment is modernized or replaced by new systems.

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