Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 5065–5085, 2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 5065–5085, 2020

Research article 28 Sep 2020

Research article | 28 Sep 2020

Estimating total attenuation using Rayleigh targets at cloud top: applications in multilayer and mixed-phase clouds observed by ground-based multifrequency radars

Frédéric Tridon et al.


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Short summary
The droplets and ice crystals composing clouds and precipitation interact with microwaves and can therefore be observed by radars, but they can also attenuate the signal they emit. By combining the observations made by two ground-based radars, this study describes an original approach for estimating such attenuation. As a result, the latter can be not only corrected in the radar observations but also exploited for providing an accurate characterization of droplet and ice crystal properties.