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PoPSAT (Polar Precipitation SATellite)

Morland, Zoe; Bentel, Katrin; Binder, Matthias; Birkeland, Even; Guilloteau, Clement; Kalinauskaite, Eimante; Kiefer, Joshua; Lopez, Ana Lola; Mione, Michele; Palla, Marco; Roth, Georg; Strobl, Robert; Tanis, Cemal; Tomici, Maja and Pellet, Victor (2016). PoPSAT (Polar Precipitation SATellite). Summer School Alpbach.

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Abstract

The terrestrial water cycle is a unique system on planet Earth. It is directly influenced by our changing climate with most drastic effects in the polar regions. A main element of the water cycle is precipitation, and it is only very sparsely observed at high latitudes. We propose a new satellite mission, POPSat, to observe snow and light rain at high latitudes, as well as snowfall at mid latitudes. The satellite will be equipped with a dual band (Ka and W bands) phased array antenna radar and provide 3D information about precipitation and clouds. The horizontal resolution of 2 km will exceed all other observations, and the measurements at high latitudes, together with the capability to monitor snowfall, will complement the GPM mission’s observations. By filling this gap, POPSat will provide essential data for improving global weather and climate models.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Authors
Extra Information: 10 pp.

Report from Summer School Alpbach
Keywords: polar precipitation; satellite design
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Space
Item ID: 59647
Depositing User: Zoe Morland
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 10:15
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 03:40
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/59647
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