Atmospheric duct can change the electromagnetic wave propagation path and effective coverage areas, as it is formed in an anomalous atmospheric refractivity structure.
The statistical results for atmospheric duct parameters using synthetic data are shown in Table 1.
Atmospheric duct is a type of abnormal atmosphere structure above maritime boundary layer, caused by the abrupt changes in the vertical atmospheric temperature and humidity profiles above the sea surface .
In the atmospheric duct environment, the electromagnetic wave will be trapped into an electromagnetic duct layer, and it can give rise to the over the horizon propagation phenomenon and form the radar detection shadow zone.
When radio waves propagate inside an atmospheric duct, the duct may be thought of as a "leaky waveguide." For certain propagation modes, the leakage through the duct is small.
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Three typical types of atmospheric ducts exist: evaporation, surface-based, and elevated ducts [20, 21].
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In the lower MABL, atmospheric ducts frequently occur, which can result in nonstandard electromagnetic propagation of radar signals and wireless communications.
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