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Special Issue "Radar Polarimetry—Applications in Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Atmosphere Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Haonan Chen

NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
Interests: radar remote sensing; radar polarimetry; radar and satellite data fusion; precipitation microphysics; precipitation classification and quantification using multiparameter weather radar
Guest Editor
Prof. V. Chandrasekar

Colorado State University, 1373 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
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Interests: radar meteorology; radar system and networking; polarimetric analysis and signal processing; wave propagation and remote sensing
Guest Editor
Dr. Sanghun Lim

Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, 283 Goyangdae-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do 10223, Republic of Korea
Interests: quantitative precipitation estimation and hydrometeor classification using dual-polarization radar measurements and weather observation using automotive sensors
Guest Editor
Prof. Tomoo Ushio

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1 Chome-1 Minamiosawa, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0364, Japan
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Interests: radar-based remote sensing, passive and active remote sensing of atmosphere from spaceborne platforms, and atmospheric electricity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Radar has been widely used for remote sensing of weather, climate, hydrology, and the environment. Over the past 30 years, numerous radar techniques and algorithms have been developed for measuring, modeling, simulating and forecasting the Earth’s atmosphere state. In particular, polarization diversity has great potential to characterize precipitation microphysics and different atmospheric properties. The ground-based polarimetric radar can also be used for validation of satellite (i.e., passive or active space-borne sensors) observations and products. This Special Issue focuses on recent advances in polarimetric radar applications in geoscience and remote sensing. Contributions are welcome from all areas of active remote sensing of the atmosphere. Submissions are solicited covering, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Concept of wave propagation and polarization
  • Radar remote sensing of environment
  • Advances in polarimetric radar hardware, signal processing, and data quality control
  • Scanning and vertically pointing cloud and precipitation radars
  • Identification of hydrometeor phase using polarimetric and Doppler spectra radar measurements
  • Remote sensing precipitation measurement, validation, and applications
  • The International Workshop on Small Weather Radars (ISWR 2018)

Dr. Haonan Chen  
Prof. V. Chandrasekar
Dr. Sanghun Lim
Prof. Tomoo Ushio
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Quantitative remote sensing
  • Polarization theory/application
  • Atmospheric sensing
  • Polarimetric Radar
  • Satellite
  • Precipitation retrieval, validation and application

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Open AccessTechnical Note On the Use of Bright Scatterers for Monitoring Doppler, Dual-Polarization Weather Radars
Remote Sens. 2018, 10(7), 1007; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10071007
Received: 1 May 2018 / Revised: 14 June 2018 / Accepted: 21 June 2018 / Published: 25 June 2018
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“Bright” scatterers are useful for monitoring modern weather radars. In order to be “bright”, a point target with deterministic backscattering properties should be present at a near range and be hit by the antenna beam axis. In this note, a statistical characterization of
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“Bright” scatterers are useful for monitoring modern weather radars. In order to be “bright”, a point target with deterministic backscattering properties should be present at a near range and be hit by the antenna beam axis. In this note, a statistical characterization of the echoes from a metallic tower located on Cimetta, at an 18 km range and at the same altitude as the Monte Lema radar, is presented. The analysis is based on five clear sky days (1440 samples with a spatial resolution of 1° × 1° × 83.33 m). The spectral and polarimetric signatures are striking: The spectrum width is perfectly stable; the mean radial velocity is very stable; the radar reflectivity is also quite stable, with the vertical (V) polarization being more variable than the horizontal (H) one. As far as the polarimetric information is concerned, the daily average of the differential reflectivity is approximately 1 ± 0.9 dB. The copolar correlation coefficient between H and V is remarkably large (0.9962, on average) and stable. It is believed that these unique and stable ground clutter signals could be used to monitor operational dual-polarization weather radars. Full article
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