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08 Sep 2017
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It is a manuscript under review for the journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT).
High resolution humidity profiles retrieved from wind profiler radar measurements
Frédérique Saïd1, Bernard Campistron1, and Paolo Di Girolamo2 1Laboratoire d'Aérologie, Université de Toulouse, UMR CNRS 5560, Toulouse, France
2Scuola di Ingegneria, Universita degli Studi della Basilicata, Potenza, Italy
Abstract. Vertical profiles of the atmospheric water vapor mixing ratio are retrieved with an algorithm based on the combination of measurements from an Ultra High Frequency-band wind profiler and radiosoundings at a coarser time resolution. The major advance with respect to previous works is the use of the radar capacity to detect transition levels, such as the top level of the boundary layer, marked by a maximum in the radar reflectivity. This forces the water vapor mixing ratio profile from the free troposphere and from the boundary layer to coincide at this level, after an optimization of the calibration coefficients. The capability of the algorithm to retrieve the humidity vertical profiles for an operational purpose is explored and the results are compared with observations from a Raman lidar.

Citation: Saïd, F., Campistron, B., and Di Girolamo, P.: High resolution humidity profiles retrieved from wind profiler radar measurements, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss.,, in review, 2017.
Frédérique Saïd et al.
Frédérique Saïd et al.
Frédérique Saïd et al.


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