The effect of radial velocity gridding artifacts on variationally retrieved vertical velocities

Scott Collis, Alain Protat, Kao Shen Chung

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This article investigates the source and impact of artifacts produced by ordered linear interpolation techniques on variationally retrieved updraft intensities. Qualitative reasoning for the generation of periodic perturbations in gridded products is presented, and a simple analytical investigation into the impact of gridding artifacts on updraft retrieval is carried out. By projecting a nonconvergent flow typical of Darwin, Australia, onto the viewing geometry of a scanning radar, a numerical assessment of the impact of gridding artifacts is carried out. A simple enhancement to ordered linear interpolation, mixed-order linear interpolation, is proposed to reduce gridding artifacts. Radial velocity grids produced using both techniques are used to investigate the generation of spurious updrafts, with the simple ordered linear interpolation technique producing erroneous updrafts on the order of 2 m s-1. To investigate the impact on vertical velocities retrieved from a real weather event, radar-derived measurements taken during the active monsoon phase of Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud Experiment are gridded using both techniques, and vertical velocities are retrieved and contrasted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1239-1246
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Algorithms
  • Interpolation scheme
  • Radars/radar observations
  • Updrafts
  • Variation analysis


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