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Sub-millimeter wave radiometer for observation of cloud ice: a proposal for Japanese mission
Author(s): Jana Mendrok; Dong L. Wu; Stefan A. Bühler; Carlos Jimenez; Yasuko Kasai
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Paper Abstract

Ice clouds play an important role in the energy budget of the atmosphere as well as in the hydrological cycle. Currently cloud ice is one of the largest remaining uncertainties in climate models. Large discrepancies arise from different assumptions on ice cloud properties, in particular on microphysics, which are not sufficiently constrained by measurements. Passive sub-millimeter wave (SMM) techniques have the potential of providing direct information on ice content and particle sizes with daily global coverage. Here we introduce a concept for a compact 2-receiver SMM sensor and demonstrate its capabilities on measurements of ice content, mean particle size, and cloud altitude.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7474, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIII, 74740T (22 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830704
Show Author Affiliations
Jana Mendrok, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (Japan)
Dong L. Wu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stefan A. Bühler, Luleå Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
Carlos Jimenez, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Yasuko Kasai, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7474:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIII
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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