Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
The Cryosphere, 12, 3775–3789, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 3775–3789, 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.

Data sets

Precipitation observations at the Dumont D'Urville station, Adelie Land, East Antarctica A. Berne, J. Grazioli, and C. Genthon

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.