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Radar depolarization signatures of rain in cumulus clouds measured with a dual-frequency air-borne radarExperimental data are presented on dual-wavelength scattering characteristics of subtropical rain observed during the convection and precipitation/electrification (CaPE) experiment. Linear depolarization ratios (LDRs) are calculated at both X-band and Ka-band channels. In stratiform rain, the cross-polarized return signal is generally below the noise level except within the melting layer where the maximum LDR at both frequencies is typically between -12 and -10 dB. In convective rain the range profiles of the LDR in X-band and those in Ka-band do not coincide. The X-band LDR values in convective rain typically remain smaller than -25 dB at high altitudes and take somewhat larger values of -25 to -15 dB at low altitudes. The Ka-band LDR values, in contrast, typically increase with radar range, sometimes reaching a level of -3 dB just before the cross-polarized signal falls below the noise level. Such high values of LDR in Ka-band are most likely attributable to multiple scattering effects.
Document ID
19930064029
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Iguchi, Toshio (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD; Communications Research Lab., Koganei, Japan)
Meneghini, Robert (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Kumagai, Hiroshi (Communications Research Lab. Koganei, Japan)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: In: IGARSS '92; Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Houston, TX, May 26-29, 1992. Vol. 2 (A93-47551 20-43)
Subject Category
METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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IDRelationTitle19930063554Analytic PrimaryIGARSS '92; Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Houston, TX, May 26-29, 1992. Vols. 1 & 2