Monday, July 13, 2015


At the recent Ph.D. days I had a nice short talk with Katia Cugerone about disdrometers. Since she is pretty well informed I asked for some bibliography, and she promptly sent these references you will find below. She especially delighted me telling me about how in the Fourties researchers had studied the size of drops by collecting them in floor and absorbing paper.


About first methods of rain drops measure (with floor and absorbing paper) 

1) Laws, J. O. & Parsons, D. A., The relation of raindrop-size to intensity, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 1943, 24, 452-460

2) Marshall, J.; Langille, R. & Palmer, W. M. K., Measurement of rainfall by radar, Journal of Meteorology, 1947, 4, 186-192

3) Marshall, J. S. & Palmer, W. M. The distribution of raindrops with size, Journal of Meteorology, 1948, 5, 165-166

Impact Disdrometer JWD (in German) 

4) Joss, J. & Waldvogel, A. Ein spectrograph fur Niederschlasgstropfen mit automatischer Auswertung (A spectrograph for the automatic analysis of raindrops) Pure Applied Geophysics, 1967, 68, 240-246

Optic Disdrometers (THIES and Parsivel, the most famous)

5) Frasson, R. P. M., L. K. Cunha, and W. K. Krajewski (2011), Assessment of the Thies optical disdrometer performance, Atmospheric Research, 101 (1), 237{255, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2011.02.014.

Video-Disdrometers (the recent ones, more precise and costly)

6) Kruger, A. & Krajewski, W. F. Two-dimensional video disdrometer: A description, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 2002, 19, 602-617

7) Schönhuber, M.; Lammer, G. & Randeu, W. One decade of imaging precipitation measurement by 2D-video-distrometer, Advances in Geosciences, Copernicus GmbH, 2007, 10, 85-90

A comparison between different disdrometers

8) Tokay, A.; Petersen, W. A.; Gatlin, P. & Wingo, M. Comparison of raindrop size distribution measurements by collocated disdrometers, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, American Meteorological Society, 2013, 30, 1672-1690

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