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Quality Control for polarimetric Radar Measurements

Hagen, Martin and Friedrich, Katja (2004) Quality Control for polarimetric Radar Measurements. European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology, 2004-09-06 - 2004-09-10, Visby, (S).

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Polarimetric radar measurements have improved quantitative precipitation estimation especially for the derivation of precipitation amounts. Several weather services are planning therefore to upgrade their radars with polarimetric diversity capabilities. The quality of the rain rate estimation depends strongly on the quality of the polarimetric measurements themselves. The latter, however, will be encoded in a single quality index field which is transferred together with the observational data to the user. The quality index field bases on results achieved in research over the last 25 years and will contain information about (i) broadening of the radar beam and height of the first radar echo; (ii) ground clutter contamination and beam shielding; (iii) contamination by attenuation; (iv) homogeneous beam filling; and (v) a consistency check between reflectivity, differential reflectivity ratio, and differential propagation phase. While (i) to (iii) are also important for conventional weather radars, the later two are focus solely on polarimetric radar observations. The consistency check is used for instance to monitor the performance of the radar system and reveal areas consisting of rain. Since the assumptions for the consistency check are valid only in rain, this check will fail in regions with other types of hydrometeors. In those regions the polarimetric rain rate estimation is not possible and other, conventional, methods have to be used. For further refinement of the quality index field different weights for each factor can be set depending on the weather situation and the preferences of the user.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/49881/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Quality Control for polarimetric Radar Measurements
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Friedrich, KatjaMeteoSvizzeraUNSPECIFIED
Date:10 September 2004
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:weather radar, polarimetrie, quality control
Event Title:European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology
Event Location:Visby, (S)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2004-09-06 - 2004-09-10
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Cloud Physics and Traffic Meteorology
Deposited By: Hagen, Dr.rer.nat. Martin
Deposited On:16 Jul 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:04

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