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Title: Influence of multiple scattering on CloudSat measurements in snow: A model study
Authors: Matrosov, Sergey Y.
Battaglia, Alessandro
First Published: 18-Jun-2009
Citation: Geophysical Research Letters, 2009, 36, (L12806)
Abstract: The effects of multiple scattering on larger precipitating hydrometers have an influence on measurements of the spaceborne W-band (94 GHz) CloudSat radar. This study presents initial quantitative estimates of these effects in “dry” snow using radiative transfer calculations for appropriate snowfall models. It is shown that these effects become significant (i.e., greater than approximately 1 dB) when snowfall radar reflectivity factors are greater than about 10–15 dBZ. Reflectivity enhancement due to multiple scattering can reach 4–5 dB in heavier stratiform snowfalls. Multiple scattering effects counteract signal attenuation, so the observed CloudSat reflectivity factors in snowfall could be relatively close to the values that would be observed in the case of single scattering and the absence of attenuation.
DOI Link: 10.1029/2009GL038704
ISSN: 0094-8276
eISSN: 1944-8007
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

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