S band radar differential reflectivity measurements in multiple polarization planes along satellite slant paths

Authors

  • R. E. Marshall,

  • T. Pratt,

  • E. A. Manus,

  • D. P. Stapor,

  • J. H. Andrews


Abstract

A novel approach to making differential reflectivity measurements in multiple polarization planes has been proposed. This paper describes a versatile technique using a mechanical polarization switch and the systematic errors in differential reflectivity measurements which result. Initial results of simultaneous X band slant path measurements of attenuation and depolarization at 11.6 GHz and differential reflectivity measurements at 2.8 GHz using a slow polarization switch are presented.

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