A multipurpose radar simulation package: quickbeam

John Matthew Haynes, Robert T Marchand, Zhengzhao Luo, Alejandro Bodas-Salcedo, Graeme L Stephens

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The launch of the CloudSat cloud radar has provided some of the first near-global views of the three-dimensional structure of clouds from space. To evaluate clouds in numerical models and compare them to the observations made by CloudSat, it is useful to have a tool that converts modeled clouds to radar returns that might be viewed by a radar system on a satellite passing over the model domain. QuickBeam is a user-friendly radar simulation package that performs this function and is freely available to the meteorological community. The workings of the simulator are briefly described and several applications of the simulator to numerical models are demonstrated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1723 - 1727
Number of pages5
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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