Coherent particle scattering
Radar waves can be scattered by small scale cloud structures. This type of scattering is similar to the
so called Bragg scatter due to humidity variations. Both cloud liquid water and humidity structures
lead to structures in the atmospheric refractive index. We call this type of scattering coherent particle
The main article on this topic is Erkelens et al. 2001, which is almost identical to
chapter 5 of my thesis. Chapter 6 of this thesis
contains estimates of the conditions under which one may expect coherent particle scattering and the radar systems for which it is important.
Below you can also find links to the conference articles that were published before these larger works.
ArticlesCoherent scattering of microwaves by particles; Evidence from clouds and smoke
Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Vol. 58, no. 9, pp. 1091-1102, June 2001.
Jan Erkelens, Victor Venema, Herman Russchenberg, and Leo Ligthart
Cloud measurements with radar
First European Radar Meteorology, Bologna, Italy, 4-8 September 2000.
Victor Venema, Herman Russchenberg, and Leo Ligthart
Coherent particle scatter in clouds: reflection calculations based on in-situ measurements
Some notes on scattering of radiowaves by clouds
Coherent particle scatter in developing cumulus clouds
Coherent Particle Scatter in Smoke and Cumulus Clouds
Last update: 20 October 2003