Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-5799-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-5799-2020
Research article
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03 Nov 2020
Research article |  | 03 Nov 2020

Evaluation of the reflectivity calibration of W-band radars based on observations in rain

Alexander Myagkov, Stefan Kneifel, and Thomas Rose

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This study shows two methods for evaluating the reflectivity calibration of W-band cloud radars. Both methods use natural rain as a reference target. The first method is based on spectral polarimetric observations and requires a polarimetric cloud radar with a scanner. The second method utilizes disdrometer observations and can be applied to scanning and vertically pointed radars. Both methods show consistent results and can be applied for operational monitoring of measurement quality.