Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 6853–6875, 2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 6853–6875, 2020

Research article 16 Dec 2020

Research article | 16 Dec 2020

Absolute calibration method for frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) cloud radars based on corner reflectors

Felipe Toledo et al.

Data sets

2018 and 2019 ACTRIS Cloud Radar Calibration Campaign, Corner Reflectors on Masts Experiment F. Toledo, J.-C. Dupont, J. Delanoë, M. Haeffelin, J. Parra, P. Delville, C. Boitel, and C. Le Gac

Short summary
Cloud observations are essential to rainfall, fog and climate change forecasts. One key instrument for these observations is cloud radar. Yet, discrepancies are found when comparing radars from different ground stations or satellites. Our work presents a calibration methodology for cloud radars based on reference targets, including an analysis of the uncertainty sources. The method enables the calibration of reference instruments to improve the quality and value of the cloud radar network data.