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Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar by V. N. Bringi

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8    Radar rainfall estimation

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The detection and measurement of precipitation has been pursued since the beginnings of radar, and the early history has been summarized by Atlas and Ulbrich (1990). Joss and Waldvogel (1990) have reviewed the use of reflectivity at a single polarization to estimate rainfall. Dual-wavelength radars have been used to measure attenuation from which rainfall is estimated (Eccles and Mueller 1973). More recently, attenuation-based methods have been evaluated both theoretically and experimentally for airborne and spaceborne radars (for example, see Meneghini and Kozu 1990). This chapter focuses on dual-polarization radar ...

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