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AMT | Articles | Volume 13, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1797–1815, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1797-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1797–1815, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1797-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 08 Apr 2020

Research article | 08 Apr 2020

Estimating raindrop size distributions using microwave link measurements: potential and limitations

Thomas C. van Leth et al.

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We present a method of using collocated microwave link instruments to estimate the average size distribution of raindrops along a path of several kilometers. Our method is validated using simulated fields as well as five laser disdrometers installed along a path. We also present preliminary results from an experimental setup measuring at 26 and 38 GHz along a 2.2 km path. We show that a retrieval on the basis of microwave links can be highly accurate, provided the base power level is stable.
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