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Microwave brightness temperatures from precipitating cloud with water-coated ice spheres
Author(s): Zhenhui Wang; Peichang Zhang
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Paper Abstract

The effects of the hydrometeor spectra and water-coated ice spheres in a precipitating cloud on radiation transfer has been studied in a numerical experiment with an algorithm for analytical solution to microwave radiance based on the Eddington approximation. The results have shown that radiant fluxes at some levels in the cloud would change if either the size spectrum changes or some of the ice spheres are coated with liquid water. Nevertheless, whether the variation can be reflected in out-going brightness temperatures at the earth's surface and cloud top depends on rainfall rate, wavelength, size spectrum of water-coated ice spheres, and the thickness of the coat. Radiation transfer and out-going brightness temperatures at 6.6, 10.7 and 18 GHz are influenced more than at higher frequencies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3503, Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment, (19 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319465
Show Author Affiliations
Zhenhui Wang, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology (China)
Peichang Zhang, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3503:
Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment
Tadahiro Hayasaka; Dong Liang Wu; Yaqiu Jin; JingShang Jiang, Editor(s)

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