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Preliminary comparison of TRMM and ground‐based precipitation radars for a European test site

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Abstract:

This paper describes the first comparison performed in Europe between the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Precipitation Radar (PR) and a (C-band) ground-based radar. The scope of the research is within the research activities of VOLTAIRE, a European Commission project. Notwithstanding the time lag and differences in the frequency of operation, sample volume, geometrical viewing angles, attenuation and radar sensitivity, there is a reasonable agreement between the two sensors (~1–2?dBZ). Ground-based and space-borne radar measurements provide a complementary view of such a complex phenomenon like the precipitation field.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0143116042000298234

Affiliations: Meteorological Service, Nicosia, CY‐1418, Cyprus

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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