TRIPEx combined TRIple-frequency and Polarimetric radar EXperiment for improving process observation of winter precipitation

Vertically pointing ground-based triple-frequency (X-, Ka-, and W-band) radar observations were combined with observations from two nearby (Univ. Bonn and Sophienhöhe) scanning polarimetric X-Band radars.
TRIPEx combined TRIple-frequency and Polarimetric radar EXperiment for improving process observation of winter precipitation
Triple frequency plots

Details

Location

Jülich (Germany)

From

11/11/15

To

1/4/16

Website

Contributing Institutions

University of CologneUniversity of Bonn

Description

The two-month TRIple-frequency and Polarimetric radar Experiment for improving process observation of winter precipitation (TRIPEx) campaign took place at the Research Center Jülich, Germany (Supersite JOYCE, www.joyce.cloud). Vertically pointing ground-based triple-frequency (X-, Ka-, and W-band) radar observations were combined with observations from two nearby (Univ. Bonn and Sophienhöhe) scanning polarimetric X-Band radars. To the author’s knowledge, this combination is the first ever recorded and has been made possible thanks to the cooperation of four German research institutions (University of Cologne, University of Bonn, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Research Center Jülich). Initial analysis performed within the recently founded Emmy-Noether group OPTIMIce (www.geomet.uni-koeln.de/forschung/en-optimice/) of case studies show clearly the benefit of synergistically combining the different observation approaches and reveal new avenues how to better constrain ice microphysical processes, such as depositional growth, aggregation, and riming using a combination of different radar observations.Contact: Dr. Stefan Kneifel, University of Cologne, http://www.geomet.uni-koeln.de/das-institut/mitarbeiter/kneifel/

TRIPEx combined TRIple-frequency and Polarimetric radar EXperiment for improving process observation of winter precipitation
Installation of X-Band radar (owned by KIT) at JOYCE site (Research Center Jülich)
TRIPEx combined TRIple-frequency and Polarimetric radar EXperiment for improving process observation of winter precipitation
Ka-band radar
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