GPS radio occultation technique for measurement of the atmosphere above tropical cyclones

Riccardo Biondi, Torsten Neubert, Stig Syndergaard, Johannes Nielsen

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Water vapour transport to the upper troposphere (UT) and lower stratosphere (LS) by deep convective storms affects the radiation balance of the atmosphere and has been proposed as an important component of climate change. The aim of the work presented here is to understand if the GPS Radio Occultation (RO) technique applied to a GPS receiver on the International Space Station (ISS) will be useful for characterisation of this process. Our initial assessment presented here, addresses the question if severe storms leave a significant signature in RO profiles in the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere (UT/LS). The result is positive, suggesting that the bending angle of a GPS signal contains interesting information on the atmosphere around the tropopause. The presentation is focused on one particular Tropical Cyclone (TC), the hurricane Bertha, which formed in the Atlantic Basin during July 2008 and reached a maximum intensity of Category 3.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2nd International COSPAR Colloquium ­ : Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme
Number of pages6
Volumewpp 302 Proceeding
Publication date2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2nd International COSPAR Colloquium - Padua - Italy
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


Conference2nd International COSPAR Colloquium
CityPadua - Italy
Period01/01/2009 → …


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