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DEVEX-disdrometer evaluation experiment: Basic results and implications for hydrologic studies

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Abstract

Increasing our understanding of the small scale variability of drop size distributions (DSD), and therefore of several bulk characteristics of rainfall processes, has major implications for our interpretation of the remote sensing based estimates of precipitation and its uncertainty. During the spring and summer of 2002 the authors conducted the DEVEX experiment (disdrometer evaluation experiment) to compare measurements of natural rain made with three different types of disdrometers collocated at the Iowa City Municipal Airport in Iowa City, Iowa in the Midwestern United States. This paper focuses on the evaluation of the instruments rather than analysis of the hydrometeorological aspects of the observed events. The comparison demonstrates discrepancies between instruments. The authors discuss the systematic and random effects in terms of rainfall quantities, drop size distribution properties, and the observed drop size vs. velocity relationships. Since the instruments were collocated, the effects of the natural variability of rain are reduced some with time integration, isolating the instrumental differences. The authors discuss the status of DSD measurement technologies and the implications for a range of hydrologic applications from remote sensing of rainfall to atmospheric deposition to soil erosion and sediment transport in the environment. The data set collected during the DEVEX experiment is made available to the research community.

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insu-00385801 , version 1 (20-05-2009)

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Witold F. Krajewski, Anton Kruger, Clelia Caracciolo, Peter Golé, Laurent Barthès, et al.. DEVEX-disdrometer evaluation experiment: Basic results and implications for hydrologic studies. Advances in Water Resources, 2006, 29 (2), pp.311 à 325. ⟨10.1016/j.advwatres.2005.03.018⟩. ⟨insu-00385801⟩
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