Articles | Volume 12, issue 11
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-5897-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-5897-2019
Research article
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08 Nov 2019
Research article |  | 08 Nov 2019

Determination of ice water content (IWC) in tropical convective clouds from X-band dual-polarization airborne radar

Cuong M. Nguyen, Mengistu Wolde, and Alexei Korolev

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This paper presents a methodology for high ice water content (HIWC) (up to 3.5 g m−3) retrieval from a dual-polarization side-looking X-band airborne radar. Zdr and Kdp are used to mitigate the effects of ice crystal shape and orientation on the variation in IWC – specific differential phase (Kdp) joint distribution. Empirical analysis shows that the proposed method improves the estimation bias by 35 % and increases the correlation by 4 % on average, compared to the method using Kdp alone.