Role of spaceborne millimetre-wave radar in the global monitoring of ice cloud

P. R.A. Brown, A. J. Illingworth, A. J. Heymsfield, G. M. McFarquhar, K. A. Browning, M. Gosset

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The role of clouds as a major influence on the Earth's radiation budget and on the control of the global climate system is well-recognised. The improved understanding of the climate system and predictions of climate change require that the effects of clouds on various components of the system be better described and represented in atmospheric General Circulation Models (GCMs). Global estimation of the short-wave (SW) components of the surface radiation budget (SRB) show some promise, however estimation of the downwelling long-wave (LW) component of the SRB and atmospheric heating profiles requires the use of active sounding methods. Hence, a frequency of 94 HGz has been proposed. This article assesses the potential of this radar to provide global measurements of the vertical distribution of cloud condensate with accuracy sufficient to enable the determination of the associated radiation budget effects to within some defined limits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9/1-9/6
JournalIEE Colloquium (Digest)
Issue number34
StatePublished - 1995
EventIEE Electronics Division Colloquium on Radar Meteorology - London, UK
Duration: Feb 24 1995Feb 24 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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