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Special Issue "Recent Advances in Precipitation Radar"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 279

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Department of Environmental Atmospheric Sciences, Pukyong National University, Busan 48513, Republic of Korea
Interests: radar meteorology; cloud and precipitation; high-impact weather; radar nowcasting; radar wind field retrieval and analyses; field observation
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Dear Colleagues,

There have been many natural disasters caused by high-impact weather such as torrential rainfall, hail, flood, tornado, snow storm and tropical cyclone as climate change progresses around the world. Weather radars (Doppler, polarimetric, phased array etc.) have been crucial instruments to monitor chaff diffusion, precipitation and winds, and to forecast high-impact weather systems with higher spatial and temporal resolution than other remote sensing equipment. Polarimetric capabilities help to understand the microphysical characteristics of precipitation systems and improve radar quantitative precipitation estimation/forecasting. The newly developed and advanced analyses of radar precipitation included with hydrometeo classification and wind field retrieval for QPE/QPF are of special interest for this Special Issue.

The goal of this Special Issue is share the recent achievements in various applications using operational or research radar data (e.g., field observation campaign, rainfall estimation, chaff diffusion in clear sky, nowcasting of precipitation, microphysical features of precipitation systems, hydrological modeling and forecasting in severe weather using Doppler radar and polarimetric radar.  We encourage contributions on the current state-of-the-art in the field, including challenges and discussions toward the better utilization of radar data.

We invite manuscripts on the following topics:

  • Field observation campaign;
  • Radar data quality control;
  • Quantitative precipitation estimation;
  • Wind field retrieval and analyses;
  • Short-term forecast of precipitation;
  • Assimilation of radar data into NWP;
  • Orographic/topographic precipitation;
  • Hydrological applications using weather radar;
  • High-impact weather such as hail, tornado, typhoon and lightning;
  • Atmospheric diffusion by chaff experiments;
  • Torrential rainfall and nowcasting;
  • Hydrometeo classification in clouds and precipitation.

Prof. Dr. Dong-In Lee
Guest Editor

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  • weather radar quality control algorithms
  • quantitative precipitation estimation and forecasting
  • microphysical characteristics of precipitation
  • polarimetric and phased array radar applications
  • field observational campaign of high-impact weather
  • development mechanism of frontal systems and tropical cyclones
  • radar wind field retrieval and analyses
  • chaff diffusion analyses by radars
  • radar nowcasting

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An Evaluation of Simulated Cloud Microphysical Characteristics of Three Mei-Yu Rainfall Systems in Taiwan by a Cloud-Resolving Model Using Dual-Polarimetric Radar Observations
Remote Sens. 2023, 15(19), 4651; - 22 Sep 2023
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This study selected three heavy-rainfall events of different types in Taiwan’s Mei-yu season for high-resolution simulations at a grid size of 1 km and assessed the model’s capability to reproduce their morphology and characteristics. The three cases include a pre-frontal squall line, a [...] Read more.
This study selected three heavy-rainfall events of different types in Taiwan’s Mei-yu season for high-resolution simulations at a grid size of 1 km and assessed the model’s capability to reproduce their morphology and characteristics. The three cases include a pre-frontal squall line, a mesoscale convective system (MCS) embedded in southwesterly flow, and a local convection near the front in southern Taiwan during the South-West Monsoon Experiment (SoWMEX) in 2008, chosen mainly because of the availability of the S-band polarimetric (S-Pol) radar observations, and especially the particle identification results. The simulations using the Cloud-Resolving Storm Simulator (CReSS) could reproduce all three corresponding rainfall systems at roughly the correct time and location, including their kinematic structures such as system-relative flows with minor differences, although the cells appeared to be coarser and wider than the S-Pol observations. The double-moment cold-rain microphysics scheme of the model could also capture the general distributions of hydrometeors, such as heavy rainfall below the updraft core with lighter rainfall farther away below the melting level, and graupel and mixed-phase particles in the upper part of the updraft with snow and ice crystals in stratiform areas between updrafts above the melting level. Near the melting level, the coexistence of rain and snow corresponds to wet snow in the observations. Differences in cloud characteristics in the events are also reflected in the model results to some extent. Overall, the model’s performance in the simulation of hydrometeors exhibits good agreement with the observation and appears reasonable. Full article
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