3A.3 Observations of Deep Convection during MC3E using Ground-Based Radars and Airborne Radiometers and Implementation in GPM DPR Off-Nadir Simulations

Monday, 16 September 2013: 2:00 PM
Colorado Ballroom (Peak 4, 3rd Floor) (Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center)
Amber E. Emory, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD; and D. A. Short, L. Tian, W. A. Petersen, and G. M. Heymsfield

One of the goals of the Mid-latitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) field campaign was to provide constraints for space-based rainfall retrieval algorithms over land. This study used datasets collected during the 2011 field campaign to combine radiometer and ground-based radar polarimetric retrievals in order to better understand hydrometeor type, habit and distribution for deep continental convection. Cross-track and conically scanning nadir views from the Conical Scanning Millimeter-wave Imaging Radiometer (CoSMIR) and Advanced Microwave Precipitation Radiometer (AMPR) were compared with ground-based polarimetric radar retrievals along the ER-2 flight track. Polarimetric signatures for both airborne radiometers and ground-based radars were well co-located with deep convection to relate radiometric signatures with low-level polarimetric radar data for hydrometeor identification and diameter estimation. The high-resolution radar and radiometer observations of deep continental convection can be used for comparison with simulations of space-borne precipitation radars and radiometers from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission.
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