During the last 4 weeks I was for a secondment at the University of Reading. Main goal was to learn more about microphysical retrievals of cloud properties. But also exchanging knowledge and ideas was on the agenda. So I was very glad that I got the chance to work with Chris Westbrook and his colleagues.
Since the very successful ACCEPT campaign I have plenty of data to look into and develop ideas. One of them was to retrieve mean ice particle size using the wavelength ration of the operated radars (3 GHz and 35 GHz). The group in Reading was really helpful in answering questions and discuss first preliminary results. They already had experience with such retrievals.
Discussion with other PhDs and Scientists brought also some very fruitful and promising input. I exchange some of the ACCEPT and hope that the collaboration will go on in the future. An improvement of my retrieval for retrieving fall-streaks within radar data was tested on a different data set. This improved the understanding of my own retrieval and helped to validate it.
So all in all a successful exchange for both sides. I thank once again the colleagues from Reading for the collaboration and all the rest. And I hope that the collaboration will go on in the future