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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Utilizing NASA Resources to Provide Multi-Frequency Observations of Clouds and Precipitation for ACE and CaPPM Ground Validation

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Project Introduction

The goals of this project are to conduct a science-engineering study to optimize use of the D3R and ACHIEVE radar systems (hardware and software) to obtain robust co-located Ku/Ka/W-band measurements of clouds and precipitation, and to conduct a detailed engineering design study to assess the feasibility of adding Ku-band, dual-polarized measurement capabilities to the existing transportable NASA S-band dual-polarized (NPOL) radar system.


To support future potential Aerosol-Cloud-Ecosystem (ACE) and Cloud and Precipitation Processes (CaPPM) missions we will conduct a science/engineering design study for optimizing coordinated cloud and precipitation sampling using existing Ku/Ka Band (Dual-frequency, Dual-polarized, Doppler Radar, D3R) and W-band (Aerosol, Cloud, Humidity, Interactions Exploration and Validating Enterprise, ACHIEVE) radar assets to conduct triple-frequency radar measurements across the cloud and precipitation process spectrum.  Furthermore, as a means to extend these short-wavelength measurements into heavy precipitation regimes we will conduct an accompanying engineering design study to add Ku-band capability to NASA’s existing NPOL (dual-polarized S-band) radar.


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