23 December 1994 Potential of using spaceborne millimeter wavelength radar for ice cloud studies
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Possibilities of remote sensing of cirrus cloud ice mass content using spaceborne millimeter wavelength radar are analyzed. It is shown that measurements of radar reflectivity alone are generally insufficient to get unambiguous estimates of ice mass content. Ice mass content-radar reflectivity relationships, which are usually used for such estimates are sensitive to observational and meteorological conditions. Potential accuracy of these estimates can be significantly improved if independent information about characteristic cloud particle sizes is used.
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Sergey Y. Matrosov, David Atlas, Andrew J. Heymsfield, Robert A. Kropfli, "Potential of using spaceborne millimeter wavelength radar for ice cloud studies", Proc. SPIE 2309, Passive Infrared Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere II, (23 December 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.196664; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.196664
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