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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-2521-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-2521-2015
Research article
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22 Jun 2015
Research article |  | 22 Jun 2015

A novel approach for absolute radar calibration: formulation and theoretical validation

C. Merker, G. Peters, M. Clemens, K. Lengfeld, and F. Ament

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The theory of an approach for absolute radar calibration with respect to reflectivity and without a previously calibrated reference device is laid out and validated. The method requires a network of two horizontally oriented radars operating within a frequency range strongly attenuated by liquid water and a radar allowing for drop size distribution measurements with height (e.g. micro rain radar). The analysis by means of synthetic data shows potential for future practical application.