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Thermodynamic and wind profiling for high-resolution dispersion, precipitation, and fog forecasting
Author(s): Randolph H. Ware; Fredrick S. Solheim; Francois Vandenberghe
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Paper Abstract

Thermodynamic profiling provides continuous temperature, humidity and cloud liquid profiles during clear and cloudy conditions. The thermodynamic profiler radiometrically observes microwave radiation intensity at multiple frequencies, along with infrared and surface meteorological measurements. Historical radiosonde and neural network or regression methods are used for profile retrieval. Wind profiling radar provides horizontal winds. We compare radiosonde, thermodynamic and wind soundings to evaluate continuous profiling accuracy. Forecast and observed thermodynamic profiles are also compared. Thermodynamic profiling, particularly when combined with wind profiling radar and advanced assimilation methods, provides continuous soundings needed for improved local high resolution modeling and forecasting. We also describe "slant" observations of integrated GPS signal delay and their potential to extend local forecast improvements to regional scale. Applications include improved forecasting of high resolution dispersion and transport, short-term precipitation and fog.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4894, Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment III, (30 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.466277
Show Author Affiliations
Randolph H. Ware, Radiometrics Corp. (United States)
Univ. Corp. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Fredrick S. Solheim, Radiometrics Corp. (United States)
Francois Vandenberghe, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4894:
Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment III
Christian D. Kummerow; JingShang Jiang; Seiho Uratuka, Editor(s)

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