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Precipitation Science - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128229736

Precipitation Science

1st Edition

Measurement, Remote Sensing, Microphysics and Modeling

Editor: Silas Michaelides
Paperback ISBN: 9780128229736
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 22nd November 2021
Page Count: 870
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Precipitation Science: Measurement, Remote Sensing, Microphysics and Modeling

addresses the latest key concerns for researchers in precipitation science, mainly observing, measuring, modeling and forecasting. Using case studies and global examples, the book demonstrates how researchers are addressing these issues using state-of-the-art methods and models to improve accuracy and output across the field. In the process, it covers such topics as discrepancies between models and observations, precipitation estimations, error assessment, droplet size distributions, and using data in forecasting and simulations. Other sections cover improved standard approaches, novel approaches, and coverage of a variety of topics such as climatology, data records, and more.

By providing comprehensive coverage of the most up-to-date approaches to understanding, modeling, and predicting precipitation, this book offers researchers in atmospheric science, hydrology and meteorology with a comprehensive resource for improving outcomes and advancing knowledge.

Key Features

  • Provides updated and novel approaches to key issues in precipitation research
  • Offers practical knowledge through global examples and case studies
  • Includes full-color visuals to enhance comprehension of key concepts


Atmospheric Scientists, Climatologists, Hydrologists, Meteorologists

Table of Contents

Section 1: Precipitation Observation and Climatology
1. Seasonal variation of drop size distribution: Influence on rainfall kinetic energy
2. A scaling law for the raindrop size distribution
3. The vertical structure of precipitation
4. Monsoon low level jet and the variation in thermal structure in wet and dry rainfall episodes
5. A statistical study of rainfall enhancement through an interplay of atmospheric rivers and cut off lows
6. The relationship between “atmospheric rivers" and extreme precipitation events
7. Capturing Extreme Precipitation Events
8. Synoptic climatological study on the long-term change in snowfall
9. A convective rain cell database based upon high-resolution radar images: unravelling convection patterns
10. Assessing frontal and extreme precipitation
11. Spatial Characteristics of Extreme Rainfall Based on National-Level Hourly Rain Gauge Data
12. Different types of El Niño events and their influence on summer precipitation
13. Analyzing satellite QPE underestimation over mountainous terrain: A NWP-based microphysical investigation 77 GHz radar for meteorological purposes

Section 2: Remote Sensing
14. Snowfall microphysics and polarimetric features
15. Impacts to rainfall spatial properties at warmer temperatures
16. Lightning Observations and Geostationary Satellite Rainfall Estimations
17. Retrieving the sub-mesoscale variability of precipitation from passive space-borne instruments
18. Melting of hailstones
19. High resolution KE-maps with X-band mini weather radar
20. Detection of localized rainfall maxima and minima
21. Investigations of rainfall kinetic energy
Evaluation of S-band radar rain rate retrieval algorithms and precipitation variability over a dense rain gauge network
22. Real-time country-wide rainfall derived from a large network of commercial microwave links in Germany
23. Monitoring spatial and temporal rainfall distribution by TRMM based methodological approaches, and assessing its advantages, disadvantages, limitations and uncertainties

Section 3: Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
24. Transitioning GPM GPROF to a Community Algorithm
25. Shallow Convective Snow from a GPM Passive Microwave perspective
26. Status and examples for the Version 07 IMERG Multi-Satellite Products
27. Recent results of the GPM mission in Japan
28. GPM rainfall estimates using ground radar observations and a Bayesian approach
29. Latent Heating from TRMM and GPM Satellite Measurements
30. A comparison of the GPROF Algorithm Results in the 2A-CLIM and 2A GPM Data Products
31. Development of the SAPHIR Precipitation Retrieval and Profiling Scheme (PRPS) (or section 2)
32. A Space-Based Perspective of Tropical Storms and Other Extremes in 2017 from GPM
33. Enhancing data assimilation of GPM observations
34. Challenges in Comparing Satellite Estimates of Falling Snow from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory and CloudSat
35. Snowfall retrieval algorithm for the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) exploiting CloudSat/CALIPSO observations
36. GPM Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar Estimation of Precipitation Rate: A Deep Learning Approach
37. The GPM Radiometer Algorithm: V5 and Beyond
38. Comparison of GPM-CO and Ground-Based Radar Retrieval of Mass-Weighted Mean Rain Drop Diameter at Mid-Latitude
39. Performances of GPM satellite precipitation over the two major Mediterranean islands
40. Evaluation of High Resolution IMERG Satellite Precipitation over the Global Oceans using OceanRAIN
GPM precipitation data as input for a real time extreme rainfall detection system
41. Assessment of Level 3 GPM over Oceans
42. Telemetric Rain Gauge Observations

Section 4: Modelling, Forecasting, Data records and Simulations
43. Fundamental Data Records
44. Building complex models
45. Enhancing data Assimilation of GPM Observations
46. Nowcasting of anomalies
47. Machine Learning for Spatial Downscaling
48. Rainfall frequency analysis from short data records
49. Empirical Values and Assumptions in the Microphysics of Numerical Models
50. Constructing 3D ice cloud fields using radar and passive millimeter/submillimeter observations
51. Multi-Platform Hydrometeorological Analyses
52. Evaluation and Hydrologic Validation of Satellite-Based Precipitation Products
53. Ensemble Precipitation Algorithms


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About the Editor

Silas Michaelides

Prof Silas Michaelides is a well-respected expert in meteorology and remote sensing with over 40 years of experience. Experienced in teaching, research, and management, his career has included being the Director of the Department of Meteorology of Cyprus, the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the WMO, EUMETNET and EIG, Associate Editor of the journal Atmospheric Research and member of the Editorial Board of Helyion. He has over 150 publications including more than 100 peer reviewed papers in international journals, 22 book chapters and 30 edited and guest edited books and journals. His areas of interest include Remote Sensing Applications to Meteorology, Dynamic Meteorology, Atmospheric Energetics, Climatology, Weather Radar, Artificial Neural Network applications in Atmospheric Science and Weather Forecasting.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Climate & Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C), The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus

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