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HAMP – the microwave package on the High Altitude and LOng range research aircraft HALO

Mech, Mario and Orlandi, Emiliano and Crewell, Susanne and Ament, Felix and Hirsch, Lutz and Hagen, Martin and Peters, Gerhard and Stevens, Bjorn (2014) HAMP – the microwave package on the High Altitude and LOng range research aircraft HALO. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 7, pp. 4539-4553. Copernicus Publications. doi: 10.5194/amt-7-4539-2014. ISSN 1867-1381.

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An advanced package of microwave remote sensing instrumentation has been developed for the operation on the new German High Altitude LOng range research aircraft (HALO). The HALO Microwave Package, HAMP, consists of two nadir looking instruments: a cloud radar at 36 GHz and a suite of passive microwave radiometers with 26 frequencies in different bands between 22.24 and 183.31+-12.5 GHz. We present a description of HAMP’s instrumentation together with an illustration of its potential. To demonstrate this potential synthetic measurements for the implemented passive microwave frequencies and the cloud radar based on cloud resolving and radiative transfer model calculations were performed. These illustrate the advantage of HAMP’s chosen frequency coverage, which allows for improved detection of hydrometeors both via the emission and scattering of radiation. Regression algorithms compare HAMP retrieval with standard satellite instruments from polar orbiters and show its advantages particularly for the lower atmosphere with a reduced root mean square error by 5 and 15% for temperature and humidity, respectively. HAMP’s main advantage is the high spatial resolution of about 1km which is illustrated by first measurements from test flights. Together these qualities make it an exciting tool for gaining better understanding of cloud processes, testing retrieval algorithms, defining future satellite instrument specifications, and validating platforms after they have been placed in orbit.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/93041/
Document Type:Article
Title:HAMP – the microwave package on the High Altitude and LOng range research aircraft HALO
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Mech, MarioUniv. zu KölnUNSPECIFIED
Orlandi, EmilianoUniv. zu KölnUNSPECIFIED
Crewell, SusanneUniv. zu Köln, KölnUNSPECIFIED
Ament, FelixUniv. of Hamburg, HamburgUNSPECIFIED
Hirsch, LutzMax-Planck-Institut f. Meteorologie, HamburgUNSPECIFIED
Peters, GerhardMetek GmbH, ElmshornUNSPECIFIED
Stevens, BjornMax-Planck-Insitut für Meteorologie, HamburgUNSPECIFIED
Date:December 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Atmospheric Measurement Techniques
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.5194/amt-7-4539-2014
Page Range:pp. 4539-4553
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
Keywords:Cloud Radar, Microwave radiometer, airborne measurements
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Atmospheric and climate research
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Remote Sensing
Deposited By: Hagen, Dr.rer.nat. Martin
Deposited On:04 Dec 2014 07:54
Last Modified:02 May 2019 14:13

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