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Comptes Rendus Physique
Volume 11, n° 1
pages 96-103 (janvier 2010)
Doi : 10.1016/j.crhy.2009.11.004
Observing ice clouds with a Doppler cloud radar
Observation de nuages de glace avec un radar nuage Doppler

Artemio Plana-Fattori a , Alain Protat a, b, , Julien Delanoë c
a Université de Versailles St. Quentin-en-Yvelines, CNRS/INSU1 , laboratoire atmosphères milieux, observations spatiales (LATMOS)/IPSL2 , 10-12, avenue de l’Europe, 78140 Vélizy, France 
b Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), 700 Collins Street, Docklands, VIC3008 Melbourne, Australia 
c Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Earley Gate, PO Box 243, Reading RG6 6BB, United Kingdom 

Corresponding author at: Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), 700 Collins Street, Docklands, VIC3008 Melbourne, Australia.

Cloud systems containing ice particles (“ice clouds”) must be realistically represented in numerical models devoted to weather forecasting and climate projection. Nevertheless, such clouds have not been fully characterized. The RadOn method (after Radar Only) has been developed for estimating microphysical properties of ice clouds from Doppler cloud radar observations. This method is here updated and applied to observations conducted in 2003–2004 with the Doppler cloud radar RASTA at the SIRTA observatory (Palaiseau, near Paris).

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Les systèmes nuageux contenant de particules de glace ( « nuages de glace ») doivent être représentés de façon réaliste au sein des modèles consacrés à la prévision du temps et à la simulation du climat. Néanmoins, ces nuages ne sont pas suffisamment connus. Cet article présente l’état actuel de la méthode RadOn, conçue pour estimer les propriétés microphysiques des nuages de glace à partir d’observations effectuées à l’aide d’un radar nuage Doppler. L’application de cette méthode aux observations acquises en 2003 et 2004 à l’aide de l’instrument RASTA à l’observatoire SIRTA (Palaiseau) est ici analysée en détail.

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Keywords : Climate, Meteorology, Clouds, Ice particles, Doppler radar

Mots-clés : Climat, Météorologie, Nuages, Particules de glace, Radar Doppler

1  CNRS and INSU mean Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers, respectively.
2  IPSL means Institut Pierre Simon Laplace.

© 2009  Published by Elsevier Masson SAS de la part de Académie des sciences.
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