Short Name:
gpmraddpgcpex

GPM GROUND VALIDATION DUAL POLARIZATION RADIOMETER GCPEX V1

The GPM Ground Validation Dual Polarization Radiometer GCPEx dataset includes brightness temperature measurements at frequencies 90 GHz (not polarized) and 150 GHz (HV-polarized) for the GPM Cold-season Precipitation Experiment (GCPEx) which occurred in Ontario, Canada. GCPEx addressed shortcomings in the GPM snowfall retrieval algorithm by collecting microphysical properties, associated remote sensing observations, and coordinated model simulations of precipitating snow. This dual polarization radiometer (DPR) is sensitive to particle orientation since it observes the brightness temperature difference between the vertical and horizontal polarization channels at 150 GHz, and it is especially important for the retrievals of particle shape and orientation with polarization observations. DPR also has a high sensitivity to the supercooled liquid water in clouds due to the high-frequency window channels. Even though the netCDF data has regular scans, the browse images are only shown at 30 and 150 degrees. Ancillary data was also captured for the internal calibration of the instrument.

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