Synergistic long-term observations of vertically resolved cloud properties using a novel microwave radiometer/radar for Arctic clouds (SYNCLOUD)

The overarching goal of this project is to characterize clouds and cloud processes in detail at AWIPEV on a long–term basis exploiting the synergy of various remote sensing instruments. Key instruments are a 94 GHz cloud radar, a micro rain radar, a novel 35 GHz cloud radar, a pluvio, a parsivel and a novel snowfall in-situ sensor.

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  • remote sensing
  • long-term monitoring


  • atmosphere

Project Keywords

  • atmosphere / precipitation / precipitation rate
  • atmosphere / clouds / cloud types
  • atmosphere / clouds / cloud vertical distribution
  • atmosphere / clouds / cloud liquid water/ice
  • atmosphere / clouds / droplet concentration/size
  • atmosphere / clouds / cloud properties
  • atmosphere / precipitation / precipitation amount

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The main goal is the continuous operation of a suite of remote sensing instruments to continuously observe Arctic clouds with temporally and vertically highly resolved information on the cloud structure. These instruments are a 94 GHz cloud radar, a micro rain radar, a novel 35 GHz cloud radar, a pluvio, a parsivel and a novel video in-situ snowfall sensor. The measurements of these instruments will be synergistically analyzed exploiting the information of the collocated instrumentation at AWIPEV, e.g. microwave radiometer (MWR), radiosondes, ceilometer, to retrieve a continuous, long-term data set of cloud macro- and microphysical properties. In particular with the new polarimetric, vertically scanning 35 GHz cloud radar, we aim to characterize initial ice properties, liquid-ice phase transition, as well as subsequent growth processes and particle mixtures in detail.

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