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Potential of using spaceborne millimeter wavelength radar for ice cloud studies
Author(s): Sergey Y. Matrosov; David Atlas; Andrew J. Heymsfield; Robert A. Kropfli
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Paper Abstract

Possibilities of remote sensing of cirrus cloud ice mass content using spaceborne millimeter wavelength radar are analyzed. It is shown that measurements of radar reflectivity alone are generally insufficient to get unambiguous estimates of ice mass content. Ice mass content-radar reflectivity relationships, which are usually used for such estimates are sensitive to observational and meteorological conditions. Potential accuracy of these estimates can be significantly improved if independent information about characteristic cloud particle sizes is used.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 1994
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2309, Passive Infrared Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere II, (23 December 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.196664
Show Author Affiliations
Sergey Y. Matrosov, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder and NOAA Environmental Technology Lab. (United States)
David Atlas, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Andrew J. Heymsfield, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Robert A. Kropfli, NOAA Environmental Technology Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2309:
Passive Infrared Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere II
David K. Lynch, Editor(s)

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