Swirp (Submm-Wave and Long Wave Infrared Polarimeter); A New Tool for Investigations of Ice Distribution and Size in Cyrrus Clouds

D. Wu, W. Deal, A. Dabrowski, M. Coon, R. Chipman, M. Vega, M. Solly, V. Marrero, K. Hart, S. Guerrero, W. Gaines, C. Du Toit, G. De Amici

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Abstract

Climate models must account for several sources of uncertainty in their analysis; one mayor such source is the effect of clouds, and ice clouds in particular. The effect of ice particles embedded in the clouds is poorly constrained, which allows ice clouds to be used as a tuning parameter to balance the budget of incoming and outgoing radiation at the top of the atmosphere. This lack of precise knowledge of cloud ice and of accuracy in its microphysical property leads to large uncertainty about clouds and their processes within the atmosphere. NASA's Aerosol, Cloud and Ecosystems (ACE), an Earth Science Decadal Survey (DS) mission, recommends that a science payload with submillimeterwave (sub-mm) and longwave infrared (LWIR) radiometers be developed for such cloud ice measurement.This paper reports on the effort to design, build and deploy such an instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages8436-8439
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538691540
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Event39th IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2019 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: Jul 28 2019Aug 2 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)

Conference

Conference39th IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2019
CountryJapan
CityYokohama
Period7/28/198/2/19

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Keywords

  • clouds
  • ice
  • IR
  • Radiometry
  • submillimeter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Wu, D., Deal, W., Dabrowski, A., Coon, M., Chipman, R., Vega, M., ... De Amici, G. (2019). Swirp (Submm-Wave and Long Wave Infrared Polarimeter); A New Tool for Investigations of Ice Distribution and Size in Cyrrus Clouds. In 2019 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2019 - Proceedings (pp. 8436-8439). [8898230] (International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS.2019.8898230