28 September 2009 Development status of cloud profiling radar for EarthCARE
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Global three-dimensional cloud distributions and their properties are important information to estimate the earth radiation budget more precisely. The interactions between cloud particles and aerosols are also focused to improve accuracies of climate model. In order to meet expectations of scientists developing climate models for global warming problem, European and Japanese space agencies plan to launch a satellite called EarthCARE. The Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR), which will be the first millimeter-wave Doppler radar in space, is installed on this satellite as one of main sensors to observe clouds. This paper describes the latest design and development status of EarthCARE CPR.
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Hirotaka Nakatsuka, Hiroaki Horie, Kazuyuki Okada, Yasuo Sakaide, Toshiyoshi Kimura, Yuichi Ohno, Kenji Sato, Nobuhiro Takahashi, Hiroshi Kumagai, "Development status of cloud profiling radar for EarthCARE", Proc. SPIE 7474, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIII, 74740O (28 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830345; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.830345
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