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Title: 3D And 4D Cloud Lifecycle Investigations Using Innovative Scanning Radar Analysis Methods. Final report

Abstract

With the vast upgrades to the ARM program radar measurement capabilities in 2010 and beyond, our ability to probe the 3D structure of clouds and associated precipitation has increased dramatically. This project build on the PI's and co-I's expertisein the analysis of radar observations. The first research thrust aims to document the 3D morphological (as depicted by the radar reflectivity structure) and 3D dynamical (cloud$-$scale eddies) structure of boundary layer clouds. Unraveling the 3D dynamical structure of stratocumulus and shallow cumulus clouds requires decomposition of the environmental wind contribution and particle sedimentation velocity from the observed radial Doppler velocity. The second thrust proposes to unravel the mechanism of cumulus entrainment (location, scales) and its impact on microphysics utilizing radar measurements from the vertically pointing and new scanning radars at the ARM sites. The third research thrust requires the development of a cloud$-$tracking algorithm that monitors the properties of cloud.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
McGill Univ., Montreal, QC (Canada)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Contributing Org.:
Brookhaven National Laboratory; Penn State University
OSTI Identifier:
1352488
Report Number(s):
DOE-MCGILL-0010753
DOE Contract Number:
SC0010753
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; radar; clouds; precipitation; 3D structure

Citation Formats

Kollias, Pavlos. 3D And 4D Cloud Lifecycle Investigations Using Innovative Scanning Radar Analysis Methods. Final report. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1352488.
Kollias, Pavlos. 3D And 4D Cloud Lifecycle Investigations Using Innovative Scanning Radar Analysis Methods. Final report. United States. doi:10.2172/1352488.
Kollias, Pavlos. Sun . "3D And 4D Cloud Lifecycle Investigations Using Innovative Scanning Radar Analysis Methods. Final report". United States. doi:10.2172/1352488. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1352488.
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year = {Sun Apr 23 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
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