Assessment of Radar Parameters for Hydrometeor Scatter Measurement Using the ALCOR and TRADEX Radars at Kwajalein
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY INC CONCORD MA
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THIS REPORT DOCUMENTS THE SCATTERING RELATIONSHIPS AND RADAR PARAMETERS WHICH ENTER INTO THE MEASUREMENT OF EFFECTIVE RADAR REFLECTIVITY, Ze, obtained from the ALCOR C-band and TRADEX S-band radars operated at Kwajalein Atoll for hydrometeor scatter investigations. An assessment is given of the calibration procedures used for the radars including assumptions, corrections, and uncertainties associated with the parameters used in the measurements. The current best estimate radar constants for ice and water used for data processing are documented for users of the data together with an editing criteria for rain data, based upon the principal-to-opposite polarization received power ratios. The study program for AFGL is supported under Contract F19628-79-C-0007 for assessing the errors associated with the measurement of reentry environmental conditions for U.S. Air Force programs at the Kwajalein Missile Range.
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment