Effects of dust storms on microwave radiation based on satellite observation and model simulation over the Taklamakan desert J. Ge1, J. Huang1, F. Weng2, and W. Sun3 1College of Atmospheric Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China 2NOAA/NESDIS, Camp Springs, Maryland, USA 3Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, USA
Abstract. Effects of dust particles on microwave radiation over the Taklamakan desert
are studied with use of measurements from the Advanced Microwave Scanning
Radiometer (AMSR-E) on the EOS Aqua satellite and a microwave radiation
transfer model. Eight observed cases show that the signal from atmospheric
dust can be separated from the surface radiation by the fact that the dust
particles produce stronger scattering at high frequencies and depolarize the
background desert signature. This result of satellite data is consistent
with the model simulation.
Citation: Ge, J., Huang, J., Weng, F., and Sun, W.: Effects of dust storms on microwave radiation based on satellite observation and model simulation over the Taklamakan desert, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 4903-4909, doi:10.5194/acp-8-4903-2008, 2008.