Precipitation Science

Precipitation Science

Measurement, Remote Sensing, Microphysics and Modeling

1st Edition - November 11, 2021

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  • Editor: Silas Michaelides
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128229736
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128229378

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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

  • Part 1 Precipitation Measurement
    1. Accuracy assessment and intercomparison of precipitation measurement instruments
    2. Application of underwater passive acoustic measurements of ocean sound in precipitation estimation
    3. Quality control and verification of precipitation observations, estimates, and forecasts
    4. Insights on a global Extreme Rainfall Detection System

    Part 2 Precipitation Remote Sensing
    5. Evaluation of high-resolution satellite precipitation data over the Mediterranean Region
    6. Fundamental satellite precipitation data records
    7. The potential of using satellite-related precipitation data sources in arid regions
    8. Monitoring precipitation from space: progress, challenges, and opportunities
    9. Satellite hail detection
    10. Development of a precipitation-retrieval scheme for cross-track passive microwave sounding instruments
    11. Evaluation of high-resolution satellite precipitation over the global oceans
    12. Recent advances and challenges in satellite-based snowfall detection and estimation
    13. Errors and uncertainties associated with quasiglobal satellite precipitation products
    14. Performance assessment of merged multisatellite precipitation datasets over diverse climate and complex topography

    Part 3 Precipitation microphysics
    15. Melting of atmospheric ice particles
    16. Variability of raindrop size distribution as characterized by the generalized gamma formulation
    17. Rainfall microphysical characterization over the Mediterranean area during the GPM era
    18. Cloud processes of the main precipitating systems over continental tropical regions

    Part 4 Precipitation Modeling
    20. Precipitation in Earth system models: advances and limitations
    21. Improvement of quantitative precipitation forecast at the short range through lightning data assimilation
    22. Multiplatform hydrometeorological analysis of a flash flood event
    23. Radar data assimilation in numerical weather prediction models
    24. Direct assimilation of radar reflectivity volumes in COSMOLETKF
    25. Enhancing data assimilation of GPM observations

Product details

  • No. of pages: 870
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: November 11, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128229736
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128229378

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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