Effect of clouds on Ku-band satellite link in tropical island countries – preliminary report

V. Ramachandran, Ashneel Prasad
2013 South Pacific Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences  
Dependence of radio wave attenuation by cloud water content has been investigated by analyzing simultaneous records of the strength of Ku-band satellite downlink and 'insolation'. Preliminary analysis suggests that with increasing cloud coverage in the satellite downlink path, the cloud induced attenuation also increases. The cloud attenuation showed a logarithmic dependence on reduction in insolation. In Fiji, a tropical island country, the maximum attenuation of Ku-band signals by cloud was ~ 11%.
more » ... nals by cloud was ~ 11%.
doi:10.1071/sp13006 fatcat:y2qjual34fcwhfs7f2y2rtkh2q