A Computational Study of Polarimetric Radar Observables in Hail

Kultegin Aydin, Yang Zhao

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    The effects of melting and shedding of hailstones on various polarimetric and dual-wavelength radar observables are examined. A melting model is used for oblate spheroidal hailstones composed of an ice core and a water coating. Single scattering effects are illustrated using monodisperse size distributions having one particle per cubic meter. Results for exponential size distributions, including a Gaussian canting angle distribution, are also given. It is shown that melting can significantly affect the radar observables and that, by combining several observables, estimating the parameters of an exponential size distribution may be possible.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)412-422
    Number of pages11
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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