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Dual-Polarization Radar Fingerprints of Precipitation Physics: A Review

Department of Meteorology & Atmospheric Science, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16801, USA
North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, North Carolina State University, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University, New York, NY 10025, USA
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
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Academic Editors: Gyuwon Lee and Alexander Ryzhkov
Remote Sens. 2022, 14(15), 3706;
Received: 20 June 2022 / Revised: 18 July 2022 / Accepted: 27 July 2022 / Published: 2 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Radar-Based Studies of Precipitation Systems and Their Microphysics)
This article reviews how precipitation microphysics processes are observed in dual-polarization radar observations. These so-called “fingerprints” of precipitation processes are observed as vertical gradients in radar observables. Fingerprints of rain processes are first reviewed, followed by processes involving snow and ice. Then, emerging research is introduced, which includes more quantitative analysis of these dual-polarization radar fingerprints to obtain microphysics model parameters and microphysical process rates. New results based on a detailed rain shaft bin microphysical model are presented, and we conclude with an outlook of potentially fruitful future research directions. View Full-Text
Keywords: precipitation; microphysics; radar; polarimetry precipitation; microphysics; radar; polarimetry
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Kumjian, M.R.; Prat, O.P.; Reimel, K.J.; van Lier-Walqui, M.; Morrison, H.C. Dual-Polarization Radar Fingerprints of Precipitation Physics: A Review. Remote Sens. 2022, 14, 3706.

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Kumjian MR, Prat OP, Reimel KJ, van Lier-Walqui M, Morrison HC. Dual-Polarization Radar Fingerprints of Precipitation Physics: A Review. Remote Sensing. 2022; 14(15):3706.

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Kumjian, Matthew R., Olivier P. Prat, Karly J. Reimel, Marcus van Lier-Walqui, and Hughbert C. Morrison. 2022. "Dual-Polarization Radar Fingerprints of Precipitation Physics: A Review" Remote Sensing 14, no. 15: 3706.

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