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Title: In situ disdrometer calibration using multiple DSD moments
Authors: Lane, John E. 
Kasparis, Takis 
Metzger, Philip T. 
Jones, W. Linwood 
Keywords: DSD moments
Impact disdrometer
In situ calibration
Optical extinction
Rainfall rate
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2014
Publisher: Versita
Source: Acta Geophysica Volume 62, Issue 6, 2014, Pages 1450-1477
Abstract: In situ calibration is a proposed strategy for continuous as well as initial calibration of an impact disdrometer. In previous work, a collocated tipping bucket had been utilized to provide a rainfall rate based ∼11/3 moment reference to an impact disdrometer’s signal processing system for implementation of adaptive calibration. Using rainfall rate only, transformation of impulse amplitude to a drop volume based on a simple power law was used to define an error surface in the model’s parameter space. By incorporating optical extinction second moment measurements with rainfall rate data, an improved in situ disdrometer calibration algorithm results due to utilization of multiple (two or more) independent moments of the drop size distribution in the error function definition. The resulting improvement in calibration performance can be quantified by detailed examination of the parameter space error surface using simulation as well as real data.
ISSN: 18956572
Rights: © 2014, Versita Warsaw and Springer-Verlag Wien.
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