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Cloud Profiling Radar for the CloudSat Mission

Im, E., C. Wu, and S. Durden (2005), Cloud Profiling Radar for the CloudSat Mission, IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Magazine, 15-18.

The Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR) for the upcoming CloudSat Mission is a spaceborne 94-GHz nadir-looking radar that measures the power backscattered by clouds as a function of distance from the radar. This sensor is expected to provide cloud measurements at a 500-m vertical resolution and a 1.5-km horizontal resolution. CPR will operate in a short-pulse mode and will yield measurements at a minimum detectable sensitivity of -28 dBZ.

Research Program: 
Atmospheric Dynamics and Precipitation Program (ADP)
Radiation Science Program (RSP)