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Geostationary Doppler Radar and Tropical Cyclone Surveillance

Lewis, W. E., E. Im, S. Tanelli, Z. Haddad, G. Tripoli, and E. Smith (2011), Geostationary Doppler Radar and Tropical Cyclone Surveillance, J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 28, 1185-1191, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00060.1.

The potential usefulness of spaceborne Doppler radar as a tropical cyclone observing tool is assessed by conducting a high-resolution simulation of an intense hurricane and generating synthetic observations of reflectivity and radial velocity. The ground-based velocity track display (GBVTD) technique is used to process the radial velocity observations and generate retrievals of meteorologically relevant metrics such as the maximum wind (MW), radius of maximum wind (RMW), and radius of 64-kt wind (R64). Results indicate that the performance of the retrieved metrics compares favorably with the current state-of-the-art satellite methods for intensity estimation and somewhat better than current methods for structure (i.e., wind radii).

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