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TC | Volume 13, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 13, 247–264, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-247-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 13, 247–264, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-247-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 28 Jan 2019

Research article | 28 Jan 2019

The vertical structure of precipitation at two stations in East Antarctica derived from micro rain radars

Claudio Durán-Alarcón et al.
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Precipitation is the main input in the surface mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet, but it is still poorly understood due to a lack of observations in this region. We analyzed the vertical structure of the precipitation using multiyear observation of vertically pointing micro rain radars (MRRs) at two stations located in East Antarctica. The use of MRRs showed the potential to study the effect of climatology and hydrometeor microphysics on the vertical structure of Antarctic precipitation.
Precipitation is the main input in the surface mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet, but it...
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