1st Edition

Weather Radar Polarimetry

ISBN 9780367866532
Published December 10, 2019 by CRC Press
322 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

This book presents the fundamentals of polarimetric radar remote sensing through understanding wave scattering and propagation in geophysical media filled with hydrometers and other objects. The text characterizes the physical, statistical, and electromagnetic properties of hydrometers and establishes the relations between radar observables and physical state parameters. It introduces advanced remote sensing techniques (such as polarimetric phased array radar) and retrieval methods for physical parameters. The book also illustrates applications of polarimetric radar measurements in hydrometer classification, particle size distribution retrievals, microphysical parameterization, and weather quantification and forecast.

Table of Contents


Historical development

Objectives and organization of the book

Characterization of Hydrometeors

Physical and statistical properties

Electromagnetic properties

Wave Scattering by a Single Particle

Wave and electromagnetic wave

Scattering fundamentals

Rayleigh scattering

Mie scattering theory

Scattering calculations by a non-spherical particle

Scattering for arbitrary orientations

Scattering and Propagation in Cloud and Precipitation

Scattering models

Single scattering model

Coherent wave propagation

Propagation-included scattering

Radar Measurements and Improvement of Data Quality

Polarimetric weather radar system and equation

Regular estimation of polarimetric radar variables

Multi-lag correlation estimators

Clutter detection

Clutter mitigation

Applications in Weather Observation and Quantification

Observation of polarimetric radar signatures

Hydrometeor classification

Quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE)

Drop size distribution retrieval

Attenuation correction

Advanced Methods and Optimal Retrievals

Simultaneous attenuation correction and DSD retrieval

Statistical retrieval of rain DSDs

Variational retrieval

Optimal retrieval through data assimilation (DA)

Phased Array Radar Polarimetry

Background and challenges

Formulation for planar polarimetric phased array radar

Cylindrical polarimetric phased array radar

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Guifu Zhang is Professor of Meteorology at University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology.


"Zhang’s text is an outstanding, up-to date account of polarimetric radar measurements as applied to hydrometeor classification, retrieval of microphysical properties through the use of data- assimilation techniques, and the measurement of polarimetric variables by phased-array radars. This text will be invaluable to students and researchers who are applying cutting-edge radar sensing technology and numerical forecast techniques to improve forecasts of precipitation and severe weather."
—Howard B. Bluestein, University of Oklahoma, USA

"This is a unified treatment of ‘weather radar’ and ‘polarimetric radar.’ These two areas are closely related, but often treated separately. This book treats these two areas from a unified point of view and, in addition, it has some new ideas such as ‘array radar polarimetry.’ The book will be useful and give some new ideas and insights for future weather research."
—Akira Ishimaru, University of Washington, USA

"Tremendous progress has been achieved during the recent decade in operational implementation of the weather radar polarimetry, and dual-polarization radar is becoming a standard for operational weather radar networks around the world. This book perfectly fits the needs of the radar and meteorological communities which have to be better educated about the advantages and potential of this new technology."
— Alexander Ryzhkov, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

"Dr. Zhang’s wide range of expertise in formulating and developing focused research to solve cutting edge problems in radar meteorology has made this book attractive to academic, research, and operational communities. The author interweaves science and engineering aspects of weather radar polrimetry seamlessly. This approach has made the book valuable course material as well as a great resource for practicing radar meteorologists."
— Jothiram Vivekanandan, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Bo