Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
The Cryosphere, 12, 3775–3789, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3775-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 3775–3789, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3775-2018

Research article 30 Nov 2018

Research article | 30 Nov 2018

Evaluation of the CloudSat surface snowfall product over Antarctica using ground-based precipitation radars

Niels Souverijns et al.

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Precipitation observations at the Dumont D'Urville station, Adelie Land, East Antarctica A. Berne, J. Grazioli, and C. Genthon https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.882565

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Short summary
Snowfall observations over Antarctica are scarce and currently limited to information from the CloudSat satellite. Here, a first evaluation of the CloudSat snowfall record is performed using observations of ground-based precipitation radars. Results indicate an accurate representation of the snowfall climatology over Antarctica, despite the low overpass frequency of the satellite, outperforming state-of-the-art model estimates. Individual snowfall events are however not well represented.