Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
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, Alexandra Gossart, Stef Lhermitte, Irina V. Gorodetskaya, Jacopo Grazioli, Alexis Berne, Claudio Duran-Alarcon, Brice Boudevillain, Christophe Genthon, Claudio Scarchilli, and Nicole P. M. van Lipzig


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AR by Niels Souverijns on behalf of the Authors (04 Sep 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Oct 2018) by Philip Marsh
RR by Florentin Lemonnier (01 Nov 2018)
ED: Publish as is (20 Nov 2018) by Philip Marsh
AR by Niels Souverijns on behalf of the Authors (21 Nov 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
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.