Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 2309–2333, 2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 2309–2333, 2020

Research article 13 May 2020

Research article | 13 May 2020

Microwave and submillimeter wave scattering of oriented ice particles

Manfred Brath et al.

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Microwave dual-polarization observations consistently show that larger atmospheric ice particles tend to have a preferred orientation. We provide a publicly available database of microwave and submillimeter wave scattering properties of oriented ice particles based on discrete dipole approximation scattering calculations. Detailed radiative transfer simulations, recreating observed polarization patterns, are additionally presented in this study.