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A concept for a satellite mission to measure cloud ice water path and ice particle size

Buehler, Stefan A. and Jimenez, C. and Evans, K. F. and Rydberg, B. and Eriksson, P. and Heymsfield, A. J. and Stubenrauch, C. and Lohmann, U. and Emde, Claudia and John, V. O. and Sreerekha, T. R. and Davis, C. P. (2007) A concept for a satellite mission to measure cloud ice water path and ice particle size. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 133, pp. 109-128. Wiley. doi: 10.1002/qj.143.


Official URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/113388514


A passive satellite radiometer operating at submillimetre wavelengths can measure cloud ice water path (IWP), ice particle size, and cloud altitude. The paper first discusses the scientific background for such measurements. Formal scientific mission requirements are derived, based on this background and earlier assessments. The paper then presents a comprehensive prototype instrument and mission concept, and demonstrates that it meets the requirements. The instrument is a conically scanning 12-channel radiometer with channels between 183 and 664 GHz, proposed to fly in tandem with one of the Metop satellites. It can measure IWP with a relative accuracy of approximately 20% and a detection threshold of approximately 2 g/m². The median mass equivalent sphere diameter of the ice particles can be measured with an accuracy of approximately 30 μm, and the median IWP cloud altitude can be measured with an accuracy of approximately 300 m. All the above accuracies are median absolute error values; root mean square error values are approximately twice as high, due to rare outliers.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/51968/
Document Type:Article
Title:A concept for a satellite mission to measure cloud ice water path and ice particle size
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Buehler, Stefan A.Lulea Technical Univ., Kiruna, SUNSPECIFIED
Jimenez, C.Lulea Technical Univ., Kiruna, SUNSPECIFIED
Evans, K. F.Univ. of Colorado, USAUNSPECIFIED
Rydberg, B.Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Gothenburg, SUNSPECIFIED
Eriksson, P.Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Gothenburg, SUNSPECIFIED
Heymsfield, A. J.NCAR, Boulder, Colorado, USAUNSPECIFIED
Stubenrauch, C.CNRS/IPSL, Palaiseau, FUNSPECIFIED
Lohmann, U.ETH Zurich, Zürich, CHUNSPECIFIED
John, V. O.Univ. of Miami, USAUNSPECIFIED
Sreerekha, T. R.Met Office, Exeter, UKUNSPECIFIED
Davis, C. P.Univ. of Edinburgh, UKUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 109-128
Keywords:submillimetre waves, CIWSIR, mission requirements
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Remote Sensing
Deposited By: Emde, Dr.rer.nat. Claudia
Deposited On:06 Dec 2007
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:21

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