BackForwardInstrument:  Rainradar 

Instrument details
Acronym Rainradar
Full name Rainradar
Purpose To provide continuity to the GPM Core Observatory
Short description Ku-band (13.35±0.01 GHz) and Ka-band (35.55±0.01 GHz ) Precipitation Radar. Polarisation HH for both bands
Background
Scanning Technique
Resolution
Coverage / Cycle
Mass Power Data Rate

 

Providing Agency CMA
Instrument Maturity Backed by strong heritage
Utilization Period: ≥2022 to ≥2028
Last update: 2020-02-15
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

Note: a red tag indicates satellites no longer operational, a green tag indicates operational satellites, a blue tag indicates future satellites

Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Active and radio-occultation sensor
  • Cloud and precipitation radar
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • Cloud drop effective radius
  • Cloud ice
  • Cloud ice Total Column
  • Cloud ice effective radius
  • Cloud liquid water (CLW)
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

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VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Accumulated precipitation (over 24 h)4 - fairPoor time sampling.. Time sampling to be interpolated by GEO.Ku-band (around 13 GHz) and Ka-band (around 35 GHz) radar. Sensitive to both liquid and solid precipitation
Cloud drop effective radius1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Ku-band (around 13 GHz) and Ka-band (around 35 GHz) radar for large and small drops
Cloud ice4 - fairNo specific limitation.Ku- and Ka-band radar for large and small particles
Cloud ice Total Column4 - fairNo specific limitation.Ku-band (around 13 GHz) and Ka-band (around 35 GHz) radar for large and small particles
Cloud ice effective radius1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Ku-band (around 13 GHz) and Ka-band (around 35 GHz) radar for large and small particles
Cloud liquid water (CLW)1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Ku-band (around 13 GHz) and Ka-band (around 35 GHz) radar for large and small drops
Cloud liquid water (CLW) total column1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Ku-band (around 13 GHz) and Ka-band (around 35 GHz) radar for large and small drops
Freezing level height in clouds1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Ku-band (around 13 GHz) and Ka-band (around 35 GHz) radar. Detected as "bright-band"
Melting layer depth in clouds1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Ku-band (around 13 GHz) and Ka-band (around 35 GHz) radar. Detected as "bright-band"
Precipitation (liquid or solid)1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Ku-band (around 13 GHz) and Ka-band (around 35 GHz) radar for medium and large drops and ice particles
Precipitation intensity at surface (liquid or solid)1 - primaryNo specific limitation.Ku-band (around 13 GHz) and Ka-band (around 35 GHz) radar. Sensitive to both heavy and light, liquid and solid precipitation