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Sensitivity of TMI brightness temperatures to hydrometeor profiles in precipitating cloud
Author(s): Wenying He; Hongbin Chen
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Paper Abstract

A study on sensitivity of TMI brightness temperatures (Tbs) to the different vertical profiles of hydrometeor in precipitating cloud has been made by using a microwave radiative transfer model VDISORT. The different hydrometeor profiles are obtained from the simulations of precipitating convective cloud by means of a sophisticated meso-scale meteorological model MM5. The results show that at high frequency scattering effect of ice crystal and graupel are stronger than that of snow among the ice phase hydrometeors. When changing the ice phase water content the corresponding scattering coefficient has significant change however the extinction coefficient with obvious change is found only for changing ice crystal content. The analyses show that the Tbs at TMI high frequency calculated by the VDISORT model are very sensitive to the ice crystal concentration and much less sensitive to the snow and graupel concentrations. In addition comparison of measured and calculated TMI Tbs indicates that the MM5 might produce too much snow and less ice crystal content in the convective cloud for medium or heavy rainfall.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5832, Optical Technologies for Atmospheric, Ocean, and Environmental Studies, (12 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.619746
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Wenying He, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, CAS (China)
Hongbin Chen, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, CAS (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5832:
Optical Technologies for Atmospheric, Ocean, and Environmental Studies
Daren Lu; Gennadii G. Matvienko, Editor(s)

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