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A Microphysics-Based Simulator for Advanced Airborne Weather Radar Development

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4 Author(s)
Zhengzheng Li ; School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA ; Yan Zhang ; Guifu Zhang ; Keith A. Brewster

Incorporating dual-polarized operation and microphysics-based processing is becoming a challenge to future scientific and commercial airborne weather radars. This paper introduces a Monte Carlo simulation-based approach to address the theoretical basis and uncertainties of hydrometeor scattering along with sensor platform properties. Detailed characterizations of mixed-phase aviation hydrometeor hazards (rain, snow, hail, and mixtures) and the impact of melting on polarimetric radar signature at X-band frequency are discussed. A “single resolution cell” Monte Carlo dual-polarization variable simulation technique is described and then applied in different radar scanning scenarios based on numeric weather prediction model output weather fields. The produced dual-polarization signatures of an X-band array radar for different scan scenarios are analyzed.

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 4 )