Articles | Volume 5, issue 6
Research article
22 Jun 2012
Research article |  | 22 Jun 2012

Temperature profiles with bi-static Doppler-RASS and their correction

B. Hennemuth, G. Peters, and H.-J. Kirtzel

Abstract. The technique of atmospheric temperature profiling by Doppler-RASS is discussed. The set up with bi-static (separated transmit and receiving) antennas implies a range dependent scattering angle. The retrieval scheme developed by Kon for such antenna geometry is reviewed and its limits of validity are discussed. Empirical tuning of the effective antenna aperture is proposed to fit the retrieved temperature profiles to reality. The method is based on the assumption that potential temperature profiles under presumedly neutral conditions are constant with height. Examples of application of the measuring technique for atmospheric boundary layer characterization are presented.