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Disentangling Mie and attenuation effects in rain using a K[subscript a]-W dual-wavelength Doppler spectral ratio technique

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posted on 18.07.2014, 14:39 by Frédéric Tridon, Alessandro Battaglia, Pavlos Kollias
A novel technique that enables to disentangle Mie and attenuation effects in coincident, beam-matched K[subscript a]- and W-band radar observations is presented here. The ratio of the measured radar Doppler spectra at the two frequencies is estimated, and the Doppler velocity regime that corresponds to Rayleigh scatterers is determined. The range variation of the Rayleigh regime “plateau” is directly linked to the differential attenuation between the two wavelengths and does represent the attenuation component of the dual-wavelength ratio. The retrieval technique is applied to a light stratiform rain event and provides plausible results. The proposed Doppler spectral ratio methodology has potential for applications in precipitating snow, liquid and ice clouds and can be extended to other wavelength pairs.

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Citation

Geophysical Research Letters, 2013, 40 (20), pp. 5548-5552

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Physics and Astronomy

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Geophysical Research Letters

Publisher

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

issn

0094-8276

eissn

1944-8007

Copyright date

2013

Available date

18/07/2014

Publisher version

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013GL057454/abstract;jsessionid=02F14853015F669D8814BB3EB66840AF.f04t02

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en