May 262017
 

Narrow-band Clutter Mitigation in Spectral Polarimetric Weather Radar

Abstract: In this paper, a new clutter suppression method named the moving double spectral linear depolarization ratio (MDsLDR) filter is put forward to mitigate narrow-band clutter in weather radars. The narrow-band clutter observed in the Doppler domain includes: 1) stationary clutter such as ground clutter and 2) non-stationary clutter such as artifacts caused by the radar system itself or external sources. These artifacts are difficult to remove because they are not confined to specific azimuth and range bins. Based on the difference of the spectral-polarization feature and the spectral continuity of precipitation and clutter, MDsLDR filter can remove  ground clutter, artifacts and noise. The performance of the newly proposed filter is assessed by data collected by the Doppler-polarimetric IRCTR Drizzle Radar (IDRA). Three precipitation cases are considered in this paper: moderate/light precipitation, convective precipitation with hook-echo signature and light precipitation with severe artifact contamination. Furthermore, the implementation of the MDsDLR filter requires relatively low computation complexity, so that the MDsLDR filter can be operated in real time.

The full text of the paper from Jiapeng Yin et. al., 2017, can be found here on the IEEE Xplore webpage

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