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GRIP Airborne Second Generation Precipitation Radar (APR-2)Entry ID: gripapr2
Abstract: The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment was a NASA Earth science field experiment conducted August 5 to September 30, 2010. The major goal was to better understand how tropical storms form and develop into major hurricanes. NASA used the DC-8 aircraft, the WB-57 aircraft and the Global Hawk Unmanned Airborne System (UAS), configured with a suite of in situ and remote ... sensing instruments that were used to observe and characterize the lifecycle of hurricanes. This campaign also capitalized on a number of ground networks and space-based assets, in addition to the instruments deployed on aircraft from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida ( DC-8), Houston, Texas (WB-57), and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, California (Global Hawk).
The Second Generation Airborne Precipitation Radar (APR-2) is a dual-frequency (13 GHz & 35 GHz), Doppler, dual-polarization radar system. It has a downward looking antenna that performs cross track scans, covering a swath that is +/- 25 to each side of the aircraft path. Additional features include: simultaneous dual-frequency, matched beam operation at 13.4 and 35.6 GHz (same as GPM Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar), simultaneous measurement of both like- and cross-polarized signals at both frequencies, Doppler operation, and real-time pulse compression (calibrated reflectivity data can be produced for large areas in the field during flight, if necessary. The APR-2 flew on the NASA DC-8 for the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment and collected data between Aug 17, 2010 - Sep 22, 2010.
Start Date: 2010-08-17Stop Date: 2010-09-22
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Sadowy, G. A., A. C. Berkun, W. Chun, E. Im, and S. L. Durden, 2003: Development of an advanced airborne precipitation radar. Microwave J., 46 (1), 84-98.
Haddad, Z. S., J. P. Meagher, S. L. Durden, E. A. Smith, and E. Im, 2006: Drop size ambiguities in the retrieval of precipitation profiles from dual-frequency radar measurements. J. Atmos. Sci., 63, 204-217.
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DIF Creation Date: 2011-06-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-05-01