34th Conference on Radar Meteorology


Cloud Profiling Radar for the ACE Mission

Simone Tanelli, JPL/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA; and S. L. Durden, E. Im, G. M. Heymsfield, P. Racette, and D. O. Starr

One of the instruments recommended for deployment on the Aerosol/Cloud/Echosystems (ACE) mission is a new advanced Cloud Profiling Radar (ACE-CPR). The atmospheric sciences community has initiated the effort to define the scientific requirements for this instrument. Initial studies focusing on system configuration, performance and feasibility start from the successful experience of the Cloud Profiling Radar on CloudSat Mission (CS-CPR), the first 94-GHz nadir-looking spaceborne radarwhich has been acquiring global time series of vertical cloud structure since June 2, 2006. In this paper we address the significance of CloudSat's accomplishments in regards to the design and development of radars for future cloud profiling missions such as EarthCARE and ACE.

Session 5A, Spaceborne Radar I
Tuesday, 6 October 2009, 8:00 AM-10:00 AM, Auditorium

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