ITTC Project

Investigation of AQUA Response to Stratiform Precipitation Systems

Project Award Date: 02-01-2003


The characterization of precipitation in extra-tropical weather systems using the passive microwave sensors onboard AQUA is the focus of this investigation. Cold extra-tropical storms have very different characteristics than precipitation systems in the tropics in terms of vertical extent and the role of ice in the precipitation process. By using AQUA observations of extra-tropical storms from the AMSU and AMSR, associated surface observations, and operational forecast model fields, we will begin a systematic examination of cloud physics parameters in a parametric rain-cloud model for stratiform systems. For these extra-tropical storms, the optimum values for cloud physics model parameters and the sensitivity of these parameters will be determined.

The tasks to be undertaken by this project include:

Identify winter storm events.
We are examining individual winter storm events over the central U.S.


Faculty Investigator(s): David Braaten (PI)

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): University of Wisconsin

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