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A hydrometeor classification system based on a fuzzy logic technique using dual-polarization radar measurements of precipitation is presented. In this study, five dual-polarization radar measurements (namely horizontal reflectivity, differential reflectivity, specific differential phase, correlation coefficient, and linear depolarization ratio) and altitude relating to environmental melting layer are used as input variables of the system. The hydrometeor classification system chooses one of nine different hydrometeor categories as output. The system presented in this paper is a further development of an existing hydrometeor classification system model developed at Colorado State University (CSU). The hydrometeor classification system is evaluated by comparing inferred results from the CSU CHILL Facility dual-polarization radar measurements with the in situ sample data collected by the T-28 aircraft during the Severe Thunderstorm Electrification and Precipitation Study.
Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:43 , Issue: 4 )
Date of Publication: April 2005