Articles | Volume 8, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 5009–5021, 2015
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 5009–5021, 2015

Research article 01 Dec 2015

Research article | 01 Dec 2015

Intercomparison of snowfall estimates derived from the CloudSat Cloud Profiling Radar and the ground-based weather radar network over Sweden

L. Norin et al.

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The ability to estimate snowfall accurately is important for both weather and climate applications. In this work we have intercompared snowfall estimates from two observing systems: the space-based Cloud Profiling Radar on board NASA's CloudSat satellite and Swerad, the ground-based Swedish national weather radar network. The intercomparison shows encouraging agreement between these two observing systems despite their different sensitivities and user applications.