Graduate Exam Abstract

Manuel Vega

Ph.D. Preliminary

November 17, 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Rockwell 36

Multi-frequency Dual-polarized Platform for Validation of Satellite Precipitation Measurements

Abstract: Satellite missions such as the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission have demonstrated the value of rainfall measurements at a global scale. Both missions use a multi-frequency suite of instruments to achieve their measurement goals. Calibration and validation of these instruments have a vital role in the success of the mission since they strive to characterize precipitation quantitatively. The work presented focuses on results obtained and proposes future steps in support of GPM and future missions within the context of ground validation (GV). Results are based in the development and deployment of a ground-based Ku/Ka-band, dual-polarized, Doppler radar in support of the GPM GV efforts, while future steps define instrument additions/upgrades deemed valuable for GPM GV or future missions.

Adviser: Prof. V. Chandrasekar
Co-Adviser: N/A
Non-ECE Member: Prof. Paul Mielke
Member 3: Prof. Branislav Notaros
Addional Members: Prof. Margaret Cheney

M. Vega, J. Carswell, V. Chandrasekar, M. Schwaller, K.V. Mishra, "Realization of the NASA Dual-frequency Dual-polarized Doppler Radar (D3R)", Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2010, 2010 IEEE International, Honolulu, July 2010.

M. Vega, V. Chandrasekar, C. Nguyen, K.V. Mishra, J. Carswell, "Calibration of the NASA Dual-frequency Dual-polarized Doppler Radar", Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2012, 2012 IEEE International, Munich, July 2012.

M. Vega, V. Chandrasekar, J. Carswell, R.M. Beauchamp, M. Schwaller, C. Nguyen, "Salient Features of the Dual-frequency, Dual-polarized, Doppler Radar for Remote Sensing of Precipitation", Radio Sci., 49, 1-19, 2014 (Accepted).

Program of Study:
ECE 742
ECE 752
ECE 641
ECE 514
ECE 512
ECE 799