MTP-5 is a passive microwave radiometer which retrieves the vertical temperature profile of the atmosphere above a measurement site.
The first instrument became operational in 1992, and today around 100 devices are operating in 17 countries worldwide.
The main advantages of this radiometer are: ease of use, reliability, autonomous operation and low maintenance.
The MTP-5 Community
This page is dedicated to MTP-5 and its users, in order to exchange experiences, facts, and seek advice. To join this community please send an email to:
Your email address will be entered into a mailing list, and all MTP-5 users will be able to send emails to the "postal address",
which will forward the messages to individual members.
The project it started on 20th March 2021 we are in 14 MTP-5 members.
History of MTP-5
The MHTP Microwave Humidity and Temperature Profiler was developed at the Radiophysical Research Institute. N.Novgorodin (1984), Westwater (1986) and Troitsky (1986)
described a multi-frequency (also called multi-channel) passive microwave radiometer, which had the possibility to measure temperature profiles, WV and LWC in the troposphere (up to 10 km).
The idea of using microwave radiometry to measure temperature profiles of the atmospheric boundary layer was suggested by A.V. Troitsky
and realized jointly with A.N. Shaposhnikov and E.N. Kadygrov 1989.
The first experimental instrument (alfa-sample) based on an upgraded microwave system measuring stratospheric temperature profiles from high-altitude balloons,
was developed at the Central Aerological Observatory (project director E.N. Kadygrov) jointly with specialists from the Institute of Space Research of the USSR Academy of Sciences
( I.A. Strukov, Dr.of Sc , with his co-workers) in 1986-1989.
As suggested by Evgeny Kadygrov, the new instrument was called MTP-5 (Meteorological Temperature Profiler using wavelength of 5mm).
The instrument from CAO received a Roshydromet certificate and was included in the departmental registry of measuring instruments for hydrometeorology.
Troitsky et al. (1993) and Kadygrov and Pick (1998) described an angular scanning single-channel microwave radiometer centered on the molecular oxygen band at 60 GHz.
During 1995-2010 MTP-5 was developed and marketed with the support of Kipp & Zonen (Holland).
Manuals and Operator Documents for MTP-5
- How to clean up the MTP-5
Articles on MTP-5
- Articles on Research Gate
- Articles archive on MWRnet
- Other article below
Web site on MTP-5
- ARPA Veneto
- ARPA Piemonte
- Univeristy of Bergen
- Hydrometrice Centre of Russia
- Temperature Profile
- Mosecom Monitoring
- Article on Star
Practical information about MTP-5
FAQ on MTP-5
|The MTP-5 needs a free view to work properly. How many kilometres, without obstacles, are necessary? (Q. by M.E. Ferraio)
| MTP-5 needs an unobstructed view in one direction of at least 1000m. (A. by A.G.Giles)
||The best orientation for MTP-5 is looking to the North. What happens if other orientations are used? (Q. by M.E. Ferrario)
| Other orientations, even South, have been used with good results.(A. by A.G.Giles)
||For how many Km from the MTP-5 site can the thermal profile of MTP-5 be assumed to be representative? (Q. by M.E. Ferrario).
| This depends very much on local geography. In the metropolitan area of Turin there are 4 MTP-5 radiometers which give very similar profiles. (A. by A.G.Giles)
Best images of MTP-5
- Wolf T. 2016:
Comparison MTP-5HE and the Ulriken AMS
Extract Comparison MTP-5HE and the Ulriken AMS
DOI: 9(2):313 334
- Gilroy A. 2016:
Meteorological measurements to meet air quality program needs - MTP 5-HE vertical temperature measurements
- Nakhtigalova D.P., Shelekhova E.A., Kizhner L.I. and Baranov N.A. 2014:
Comparative analysis of aircraft icing probability using MTP-5 and radiosonde data
- PeŠa A., Hasager C.B. and Lange J. 2013:
Remote Sensing for Wind Energy DTU Wind Energy
Article on E-Report Remote Sensing for Wind Energy0029
- Miller E.A., Kadygrov E.N. and Central Aerological Observatory 2012:
Features of atmospheric temperature pro ling in polar regions
- Miller E.A., Kuznetsova I.N., Nakhayev M.I. and Kadygrov E.N. 2010:
Methodology recommendations for the use of data from MTP-5 profiler
Article on Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling and Regulatory Purposes. HARMO13 - 1-4 June 2010, Paris, France - 13th Conference on Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes. Environmental
- Troitsky A., Lezina E. and Ushkov V. 2009:
Study of Urban Atmospheric Boundary Layer
Article on The seventh Internationall Conference of Urban Climate :981 984
- Ivanov A., Kadygrov E. and Miller E. 2008:
Remote Sensing System for Urban Heat Island Study
articleIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science1(1):12025
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